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Adwords account hacked

7:03 pm on Jun 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just an FYI -

My adwords account was hacked yesterday.

I was lucky that they put an ad in that got flagged as against TOS and I was auto-emailed by google to fix it - otherwise I may have missed it.

Hackers set up a new campaign, gave it over a $1,000/day limit, and put a ton of ads in for several dollars per click. It is early, but it looks like they only managed to get about $60-70 worth of ads from me.

Just an reminder to check your accounts...

Now I get to play the waiting game while google 'gets around' to answering my email. That is what really SUCKS about adwords/adsense - no way to contact a person, and no way to get them to acknowledge you in a timely manner - no matter how serious.

7:27 pm on June 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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From time to time I see these kind of posts, and have yet to see any information on how it was actually "hacked".
7:30 pm on June 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good point. Next time I run into the guy who hacked into it, I'll be sure to ask.
6:14 pm on June 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'll be sure to ask.

You recall an email that made you enter your email and password, or something similar?

Just having account hacked out of blue does really happen out there. For the last few months all of the people that had their accounts hacked and posted here - all was based on constant spam emails prompting people to log into their AdWords accounts, while links were of .cn domain(s).

In addition - something very useful would be if you could describe ads that were posted - what they were promoting?

In the past they would go after some false antivirus software that would actually infect people's computers.
Lately I see some ads promoting pirated copies of few antivirus brands.

This is all good to know because more people can figure something is wrong when they see suspicious ads - to report them.



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