Online ad scam launders legions of pirates and pervs into 'legit' surfing | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Online ad scam launders legions of pirates and pervs into 'legit' surfing

An elaborate online ad scam that disguised junk traffic as views on reputable sites has been costing advertisers as much as $7m per month.

Fraudsters behind the "Traffic Alchemist" scam dressed junk traffic as quality views originating from Google and Twitter.

They began by buying traffic, typically on porn or torrent sites, known for long viewing times. The long sessions were then split into hundreds of short sessions on "legitimate, lucrative" sites operated by the fraudster.

The path to these pop-under sites was disguised so that the viewers appeared to be arriving organically from Google or Twitter, from legitimate search and social activity rather than views on porn and torrent sites.

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