Sneaky Affiliate Targets Multiple Merchants

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday is ranked in the top 100,000 sites in the UK. From their About Us page: At TravelPixel we hand pick our deals by analysing individual sites one by one. The deals we select then go through our moderation checks to ensure they are valid, offer great value and are clearly displayed. So they hand pick their deals by […]

Cookie-stuffing Hostgator

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, PPV, Wire Fraud

Take a look at the following Web site which belongs to a Hostgator affiliate: With an Alexa rank of 2,432,681, this site clearly offers no meaningful content, ergo they have no meaningful presence on the Web. So how is it that this site sets themselves up as a Hostgator affiliate, which may actually make […]

Bad ad on

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing (Alexa #4850) is Cookie-Stuffing their visitors. Load up their site, click on View->Source and scroll down to line #593: banner120x600.jpg is not an image. When the browser tries to retrieve this image it will be redirected through a number of servers (sample of the packet trace), eventually landing at via an affiliate link. […]

Cookie-stuffing Via

If you are a legitimate Amazon affiliate, you stand absolutely no chance against today’s fraudster (he is probably stealing your commissions!). Having followed this fraudster for almost an entire year, I am of the opinion that he is laughing all the way to the bank when he receives his check from Amazon every month. Here’s what […]

An Oldie (but a goodie!)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing

Today’s fraudster is up to no good through Point your browser to this page and guess what, you won’t find anything wrong at all. So no forced click means no affiliate fraud and no problem, right? Wrong! Our fraudster is being sneaky because he has setup a demilitarized zone. Think of this as a proxy […]

Friday Fraudster:

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing

Head on over to, click on View then Source and scroll down to line #1173: This is an image that has had its src attribute set to an Amazon affiliate link (affiliate id petmecom-20 — packet trace here if you can’t repro). The browser will try to render the image using the link but since it’s a […]

Merry Xmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday, PPV

Here’s wishing all of my readers a merry christmas and a happy new year. Well, not all of my readers, to the fraudsters: if you thought iPensatori was a thorn in your side during 2012, hold as tight as you can onto those little black hats of yours, we’re just getting started! And now for […]

This Year’s Top 10

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, PPV, Typosquatting

With it being a few days before christmas, Ben Edelman and I have something special for you. Our automation continuously scours the web for rogue affiliates. In our query tool, we provide a basic sense of how much we’ve found. We have also written up scores of sample rogue affiliates, but the holiday season provides […]

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Today we will be discussing Flashstuffer, a tool for running cookie-stuffing campaigns end to end. Who better to introduce Flashstuffer than the chap responsible for its development. Straight from the FlashStuffer Userguide: — Before you start using Flashstuffer there’s a couple of things you should take note of.  First, I seriously advise that you don’t […]