PandaLabs has detected a network of computers infected with the
bot Clickbot.A, which is being used to defraud “pay per click”
systems, registering clicks automatically and providing lucrative
returns for the creators. According to the data collected so far,
the scam is exploiting a global network comprising more than 34,000
zombie computers (those infected by the bot).
“Renting and selling of botnets has become a genuine business
model for cyber-crooks. The scam we have now uncovered exploits
infected systems to generate profits through ‘Pay per
Click’ systems, instead of by installing spyware sending
spam,” explains Luis Corrons, director of PandaLabs. “Given the
proliferation of these networks, it is highly advisable for users to
scan their systems with fully up-to-date anti-malware solutions, as
bots like those involved in this case can be perfectly concealed on
Click” fraud botnet discovered
It's almost refreshing that using zombie machines to defraud AdWords and AdSense is more
lucrative than sending spam (and from what I've been reading, it's no really
within Google's best short term interest to stop this).
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