CJ Affiliate 5740999 claiming commission on organic traffic to Tirerack

Co-authored with Ben Edelman On a computer running Zango adware, our crawler browses the tirerack.com site.  Zango sees this traffic and opens a window to Trackmyads (packet trace).  Trackmyads returns tricky JavaScript that redirects to Offershack which redirects to the CJ click link with publisher ID 5740999, then on to Tirerack.  As shown in the […]


Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

I just updated the DB behind query.ipensatori.com. If you’re a merchant or affiliate with any fraud concerns, be sure to check it out.

A Spotlight

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today I am fortunate enough to be one of the accredited professionals chosen to feature in Microsoft Advertising’s Member Spotlight: I love knowing that my company size is 1. I love knowing that I can challenge the biggest fraud detection competitor out there, not because I have massive funding behind me (I don’t) but because […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Mad Monday, Uncategorized

Today’s MAD Monday starts with a quick quote: Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer. – Adam Smith (1937, The Wealth of Nations). If you were wandering […]

Quoth the maven

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

From the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection: Once upon a midnight lawful Pondering practices, good and awful, Reading through the U.S. Code For dos and don’ts I parse and claw. I came upon the Trade Commission’s Section 5 with all revisions. “Tell the truth”:  Its admonition. It’s no defense to hem and haw. Support your […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am not in the USA this week since I am presenting at Microsoft’s Digital Crime Consortium, so this week’s Mad Monday is a quick one. Go to aol.com and search for “free download chrome”. The ad you are interested in has the filmfanatic display url, it leads here (this is the original ad url […]

The FTC, You and Me

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

When you have a moment or two, take a look through the Federal Trade Commission’s Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: Rules of the Road . This document is more than ten years old, but I love going through it now as much as I did the first time round! In my mind it’s a […]

MAD Monday Bedtime..

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Finding madvertising is really easy. Too easy. I was just about to call it a day and head to sleep, when I wondered how quickly I could find a few more madverts on Amazon. After all, there are two whole hours of MAD Monday still to go. Finding this one took less than five minutes. […]

Consumers Consumers Consumers

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Why is it that consumers are not as protected online as they are offline? When one goes shopping at a reputable grocery store, isn’t the barrier to entry for products in these stores incredibly high? If I were Target, Fred Meyers, Safeway, Pick’n Pay, Spar, any one of these; wouldn’t I want to know exactly […]