“babyface” compromises qbnews.cn

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Qbnews.cn ranks in the top 54,000 sites world-wide. Load it up in your browser and you’ll see nothing out of the ordinary. Fire up a Web debugger and monitor the outbound traffic from your machine though, and you will see an entirely different story: affiliate fraud. This site has been compromised and the attacker (aka […]

Cellphonetech stuffing Amazon cookies with heightened concealment

We’ve recently been watching an Amazon Associates fraudster taking remarkable efforts to cover his tracks.  Like many rogue Associates we’ve looked at, he’s stuffing cookies invisibly.  He’s using Flash-based stuffing, a technique first written up last year.  But he’s several notches more sophisticated than most: The fraudster begins by buying a 125×125 IFRAME in the […]

Linkshare Affiliate ‘smaqEgQUEvQ’ Targets att.com

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday, Wire Fraud

If you are a Linkshare affiliate competing for the same traffic as today’s rogue affiliate, know that you do not stand a chance. The reason for this is because Linkshare affiliate ‘smaqEgQUEvQ’ is unfairly using Cookie-Stuffing techniques to maximize his affiliate revenue. Let’s look at how the scam is put together. When visiting this page […]

Bestpcantivirus targets antivirus vendors

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday, Wire Fraud

Upon casual inspection, bestpcantivirus.com reviews antivirus solutions for your PC. In their own words: We recommend you the best antivirus software for your PC. Our reviews and recommendations are balanced from the performance, budget and easy to use. Below are the Top 3 Antivirus programs that will give you the best performance and are Worth The […]

Rogue Venturebeat.com Advertiser Plunders Affiliate Revenue

Venturebeat.com (Alexa Rank #2,957) has a number of options available to advertisers. They range from an $11 300×250 CPM model (that’s per thousand impressions on their site) all the way through to $1,500 per week for a 125×125 button: The weekly button is what is of interest to us today, for one of these advertisers is using […]

Sneaky Affiliate Targets Multiple Merchants

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Travelpixel.com 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 […]

Amazon Payments Scam via Cars.com et al

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Bargain Hunters, Mad Monday, Wire Fraud

We look at another Bargain Hunter scammer today. I rate this chap higher than last week’s Bargain Hunter scammer because, as you’re about to see, today’s scammer puts a lot more effort into what he does. So here we go, the Bargain Hunter scam is a four pronged attack which starts at cars.com 1. Scammer Sets […]

Another Bad Mystery Shopper Score

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Mad Monday, Mystery Shopper, Spam, Wire Fraud

The Mystery Shopper scam is so popular that I have no problem covering it over and over again. Today’s fraudster tries to take me for a ride using the classic four pronged attack: 1. Scammer Baits a Victim On a mailbox that does not exist, I received the following spam: From: SSN 2013 [mailto:danela@sympatico.ca] Sent: […]

Orbitz Typosquatter

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Mad Monday, Typosquatting

We have discussed typosquatting enough to know that it is most definitely not a solved problem. Today’s example brings nothing new to the table, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Type orbuitz.com (a fat-fingered typo of orbitz.com) into your browser and you will be redirected through to orbitz.com via an affiliate link (Google Affiliate Network pubid=21000000000018829). Since the […]