Google’s Case Study on Zombie/Botnet Click Fraud
In it, Google’s Click Quality and Security Teams highlight the activities of a botnet-based click fraud operator named Clickbot.A.
Clickbot.A is an example of a botnet operator attempting a click fraud attack against syndicated search engines. Google was able to identify clicks on our advertisers’ ads that exhibited Clickbot.A-like patterns and flagged them as invalid. While Clickbot.A is a specific example of a botnet application that conducted click fraud, botnets can also be used for keylogging, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and other types of attacks.
The paper lacks an executive summary, and looks drier than lint on a camel’s back, so if you read it, please leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!