CJ Affiliate 7115795 claiming commission on organic traffic to Gap
Co-authored with Ben Edelman
On a computer running Zango adware, our crawler browses the oldnavy.gap.com site. Zango sees this traffic and opens a window to surveysclick.com (packet trace). Surveysclick.com returns tricky redirects and eventually does a POST through to a CJ click link with publisher ID 7115795, then on to Gap. As shown in the screenshot, the user ends up with two Gap windows — the underlying window where the user had begun, and a second window opened by Zango adware.
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If a user subsequently makes a purchase from either window, then CJ and Gap records will credit affiliate 7115795 with purportedly causing that purchase. But in fact the user was already at the Gap site before the Zango adware and this affiliate 7115795 intervened. They did nothing to cause or encourage the user’s purchase, and in fact they affirmatively interfered with the purchase by interrupting the user with a popup. Any payments to this affiliate are entirely wasted.