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October 12, 2006


Google AdSense Scam

by oakhead112

Researchers at Microsoft Corp. have blown the lid off a large-scale, typo-squatting scheme that uses multi-layer URL redirection to game Google’s AdSense for domains program.

The scheme was uncovered when Redmond lab rats decided to extend its HoneyMonkey exploit detection system, a project that runs automatic and systematic Web scans to investigate the seedier side of the Internet.

Microsoft Research Systems Management Research Group was able to track down a ring of typo-squatters registering misspelled domain names and generating traffic to serve advertising from Google.

Using five programmatic typo-generation models, the researchers pinpointed a series of domain-registration structures being used by “major typo-squatters” to steal traffic from some of the biggest Internet brands, including, and SEO software

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  1. Oct 12 2006

    Wow! Why wasn’t this bigger news? Google’s dismissive response to this evidence of exploitation is a little troubling and suggests that their monetary incentive right now is to simply comply with the scamsters at the expense of the real companies. Yikes! Visit:

  2. Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
    few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

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