A new email-based extortion scheme apparently is making the
rounds, targeting Web site owners serving banner ads through
Google’s AdSense program. In this scam, the fraudsters demand
bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to flood the publisher’s ads
with so much bot and junk traffic that Google’s automated
anti-fraud systems suspend the user’s AdSense account for
It’s almost like it’s a bad idea to rely on automated advertising from an ad platform that doesn’t care about you.
You have to admit, this is a clever attack. Companies need a Chief Asshole — someone whose job it is to lead a team that does nothing but think of ways to fuck with everything. That’s only tangential to what we think of as “security” — these crooks are using a system created by Google to defeat fraud to commit an entirely different type of crime.
★ Thursday, 20 February 2020