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Web extortion scam threatens to flag sites to Google as spam

1 month ago   |   By TechRadar

Website owners serving ads through Google AdSense are falling victim to a new email-based extortion scheme. Extortionists are threatening to flood websites with fake traffic, thereby triggering Google's anti-fraud system, unless the victim surrenders $5,000 in bitcoin. If the anti-fraud system detects high volumes of invalid traffic, the site owner's Google AdSense account is automatically suspended, cutting off all ad revenue from bona fide traffic.
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Extortionists threaten sites with bad traffic to make Google ban ads

Extortionists threaten sites with bad traffic to make Google ban ads

1 month ago   |   By Engadget

A creative extortion scheme is threatening websites with revenue loss by unleashing bad traffic that activates Google's AdSense anti-fraud systems, according to Krebs on Security. First, a fraudster threatens to flood the publisher's site with sketch...
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