CJ Affiliate 3744050 claiming commission on organic traffic to Vistaprint

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, PPV, Wire Fraud

Co-authored with Ben Edelman On June 25, 2013 using a computer running Zango adware, our crawler browses the vistaprint.com site.  Zango sees this traffic and opens a window to searchquikly.com (packet trace).  Searchquikly 302 redirects to shoppingcollections.com which returns JavaScript that redirects to an encoded CJ click link (which maps to affiliate ID 3744050), then […]

On cutting out the middle man

I recently received a number of emails from readers asking me to provide more samples of abuse in Hostgator’s affiliate program. At the time I could not help but wonder to myself why the sudden interest, specifically from what seemed to be concerned Hostgator affiliates. Having discussed Hostgator a few times [1, 2, 3], we […]

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: templatesresourcehosting.com. 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 […]

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 […]

PPV Advertiser Targets Amazon

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, PPV

I pity the poor affiliates who have to compete with those who engage in questionable practices. I keep saying it, but basically the honest affiliates don’t stand a chance. In today’s post, we have a PPV advertiser who has bidded for they keyword “Amazon*Kindle”. The trick here is that the advertiser is also an Amazon […]