MAD Monday

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

When running a fraud detection system at Web scale, every so often one encounters other merchants who are the targets of scams against existing clients. Examples include and, note how many merchants were impacted in each instance. Today’s MAD Monday has Ben Edelman and I joining forces and exposing a subset of the […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Last week Ben Edelman and I discussed a cookie-stuffer who is defrauding Amazon on a massive scale. Interestingly enough, the client-facing part of this scam still looks to be up and running, for dozens of fairly popular forums still link to bannertracker-script. In our article, we pointed out that these fraudsters are cycling through hundreds […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Hack-based cookie-stuffing by Bannertracker-script Ben Edelman and Wesley Brandi Last month we presented an example cookie-stuffer using encoded JavaScript to drop scores of cookies invisibly. But how can such a cookie-stuffer get traffic to its site? Today’s example is particularly nefarious: Perpetrators using server have hacked at least 29 different online discussion forums to add […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday is our featured fraudster in today’s MAD Monday. Affiliate Fraud is the name of the game and Gopromocode has our attention not only because they jump through some interesting hoops to hide what is going on, but also because they are defrauding more than just one merchant. So let’s start at the beginning: 1. There are […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

I remember when I was first trying to make sense of online advertising, it’s an incredible learning curve. Not only can the relationships between all the different players in the market be very complicated, but the technologies used, when they’re used and how they’re used certainly adds some fuel to the fire. Affiliate marketing is […]

The FTC and Affiliate Fraudsters

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud

Great post from the FTC on affiliate marketers and their use of fake news sites.

Mad Monday

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

I woke up this morning singing the manic monday song in my head. It’s just another manic Monday I wish it were Sunday ‘Cause that’s my funday My I don’t have to runday It’s just another manic Monday Truth be told, Sunday is indeed a funday for me, but Monday is too! Speaking of which, today’s Mad Monday sheds […]