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Referrer Spam? Or What?
Posted 19 November 2003 - 11:33 PM
A partial answer may be here:
I'm still not sure I see how this one is supposed to work...
Posted 20 November 2003 - 02:05 AM
I think the way it works is more to do with bandwidth and probably credit-card fraud. If the traffic can be routed via different servers then no bandwidth charges and absolutely no way to find out who has ripped off the inevitable credit card numbers that get entered.
McFox aka "Mr. Should I?"
Posted 20 November 2003 - 03:45 AM
Sadly i did not take a lot of notice as i dont keep such like on my server, i will take a look again and see if i can find it .
Posted 20 November 2003 - 05:02 AM
Posted 20 November 2003 - 01:58 PM
So... what's the benefit to them? Are they hoping people will look through the code and find the invisible links to the webcam?
Yes it's referrer spam. The referring pages contain invisible links to an adult webcam.
Still doesn't add up...
Posted 20 November 2003 - 02:02 PM
I assume there is a whole slew of adult web sites that a visitor gets sucked into from that point onwards
Posted 20 November 2003 - 02:35 PM
But Jennifer wants me!
Jennifer is pleading for my attention through those webcams
I think the sophistication of the online p0.rn industry is underestimated.
Worm or spider around, into and onto servers, leave a backdoor, drop off some files (ie graphics) across multiple domains hosted on the server (and every server you are able to hook into) and you have the ability to store and source millions of images.
The images are then pulled as required, but, and here's the really clever bit, only in a very limited amount from each domain on the compromised servers, thereby ensuring little chance of detection. All for free! Except to the punters of course.
Posted 20 November 2003 - 03:47 PM
I'm still not seeing the point (maybe I'm just naive) of creating fake referrals in site logs hoping to entice people to come check out a site (like www.mikesspot.com) that has no trace of the webcam or other porn on it unless you accidentally click on a hidden link.
What is the goal? Just getting traffic to these strange sites? How does that help get traffic to the webcam?
It seems like an awfully elaborate setup with no real goal. I did what they wanted me to do- I followed the link back. So? I could tell from the "recent referrals" that a lot of other people were following the links too (lots of :2082 control panel URL's). So what?
Posted 20 November 2003 - 03:58 PM
This is a pure link-pop game. Many sites automatically create links to their leading referrers. In this case, that spam-derived link pop is channelled down the invisible (but not single pixel) link from the scraped blog to the adult webcam site.
Posted 20 November 2003 - 04:09 PM
It's automated in many blogs. Also some people are foolish enough to publish unfiltered output from their Web stats package. Read that excellent link you posted.
I am surprised if people actually do that- link back to top referrers. Maybe they do, just seems like an odd (and dangerous) practice.
Posted 20 November 2003 - 04:14 PM
Also some people are foolish enough to publish unfiltered output from their Web stats package.
That I know, but I also know the referrals I'm receiving aren't enough to get it in the "top 20" or whatever it is the stat packages typically show.
I wasn't aware that was an option with blogs.
OK- I get it now. Thanks.
Posted 20 November 2003 - 07:34 PM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 01:48 AM
Basically it blasts your site and gets listed on your top referer page and when the spiders see it as a link they gain ranking etc.
A lot of adult sites use it I have found by my logs.
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