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Old 11-10-2011, 09:03 AM
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Apparently Operation Ghost Click was an FBI operation to shut down a malware network that benefited from fraudulent advertising.

The fine line here between what these guys were doing and what we do is that the adware installed prevented OS updates and antivirus installs.

The language used though seems to indicate a firm stance that adware generated advertising is fraudulent.

It also seems that these guys were posing as legitimate traffic sources for real CPV networks.

Article 1 link with lots of details

Seven Charged With Clickjacking IRS, Apple Links to Tune of $14 Million | Threat Level | Wired.com

It's on many news sites now. Check it out.
Althought it isn't similar to ALL ppv networks, it is similar to DirectCPV.

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Thank you for posting this, this is nuts!
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Did you even read the article.

They were doing much more... way more than just popping ads.

They were changing dns, redirecting people from legitimate searches to their own sites or customers sites.
interfering with updates...

all that is way more than popping ads.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by virus1 View Post
Did you even read the article.

They were doing much more... way more than just popping ads.

They were changing dns, redirecting people from legitimate searches to their own sites or customers sites.
interfering with updates...

all that is way more than popping ads.
Agreed. Completely not the same thing to CPV/PPV.
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Originally Posted by virus1 View Post
Did you even read the article.

They were doing much more... way more than just popping ads.

They were changing dns, redirecting people from legitimate searches to their own sites or customers sites.
interfering with updates...

all that is way more than popping ads.
If I were to write my own adware, interfering with DNS would be one of my first thoughts on how to redirect traffic to ads.

CPV companies like AdonNetwork mess with legit Google Search results and intermix their own customers ads.

Yes this was malware and that's why in my post I mentioned that difference.

My point of the post is that the language in Article 1 seems to indicate that redirecting traffic somewhere else for the purpose of willful profit seems to be a very big reason for this crackdown aside from the malware issues.
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Wait. Doesn't Comcast redirect URL typos to their own "search page" full of ads? I think Open DNS also does this. Then there's Elephant Traffic that capitalizes on type-in traffic. I realize these schemes aren't as blackhat, but still, the user doesn't always know what's happening. I wonder if they will be affected in the future too somehow.
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Wow, that is aggressive. I am actually glad to see this type of attention being paid to in-ethical marketing/business practices. It is clearly not the same as PPV and legit PPV network business practices. Interruption marketing to a user base who has opted in to receive advertising is one thing, blackhat programming and redirects of this sort is just flat out stealing. Without integrity, nothing in life works very well for long.
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