Google update to software downloads

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Ad Injectors, Malvertising, Phishing

Google has a policy update on the way which is sure to impact the monsters that target vulnerable audiences with a myriad of deceptive downloads. Dear AdWords Advertiser, We’re writing to let you know about a change to Google’s advertising policies that might affect your AdWords account. Around late April, the Google AdWords policy on […]

AdWords Phishing #2

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Malvertising, Phishing

A reader sent me an email asking me to clarify the following statement from my last post: “AdWords credentials are big bucks, more so if you phish a premium account.” Platforms the likes of AdWords are constantly under attack. It’s astonishingly simple to verify this for yourself: Head on over to Search for “adwords […]

AdWords Phishing

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Malvertising, Phishing

This Reddit post discusses an advertiser that is using Google’s AdWords system to phish subscribers. If you’re not security/tech savvy, what this translates to is that an AdWords advertiser is tricking Google users into thinking that he/she is the face for another legitimate Web site. The idea is to steal user credentials. As an […]

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 […]

Rogue Advertiser Plunders Affiliate Revenue (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 […]

Search Arbitrage

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Arbitrage, Malvertising

Interesting article from BrandVerity on Search Arbitrage using parked domains. The gist of the tactic discussed is as follows: Unscrupulous publisher of an ad network sets himself up as an advertiser and buys low cost search traffic (sometimes from the very same ad Network). The landing page of the ads are configured to route through to the publisher’s own […]