Badvertisements: Stealthy Click-Fraud with Unwitting Accessories

  title={Badvertisements: Stealthy Click-Fraud with Unwitting Accessories},
  author={Mona Gandhi and Markus Jakobsson and Jacob Ratkiewicz},
  journal={J. Digital Forensic Practice},
We describe a new type of threat to the Internet infrastructure, in the shape of a highly efficient but very well camouflaged click-fraud attack on the advertising infrastructure. The attack, which we refer to as a “badvertisement”, is described and experimentally verified on several prominent advertisement schemes. This stealthy attack can be thought of as a threatening mutation of spam and phishing attacks, with which it has many commonalities, except for the fact that it is not the targeted… CONTINUE READING
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