AIT Charges Fayetteville Observer Of Click Fraud
AIT, the popular Web Hosting Company that is abode to more than 210,000 sites in November 2005, charged the newspaper Fayetteville Observer of click fraud, dishonest dealings and violation of agreement. The Fayetteville Observer sells cyber- ads for its sites, which, till now was hosted with AIT.
The advertisers pay Observer, depending on the number of people who visit or click open the ad at their site. Once AIT started doubting being over-charged for publicizing, AIT began to supervise the Internet volume of traffic arriving and leaving Observer's site, averred Michael Roberts, AIT's CIO.
As per Roberts, AIT decided that more than half of the online advertisements and ad "clicks" for which Observer bills AIT and other publicists were "cooked up or exaggerated." AIT further alleged that the estimated volume of traffic to and from the Observer's website, had dipped lower than the figures offered by the newspaper to lure advertisers.
AIT asserts that its network is "devoid" of any spyware and malware. Malicious software are notorious for robbing confidential data and passing it on to advertisers and other parties. The compiled data contains information about the clients' surfing and buying behavior, the machine's IP address, or the client's ID details.
All malware endangers safety of the end user's PC. Certain malicious softwares include files called Trojan. Some compromises the user's machine to viruses. Generally, malware is the source of virus infection, clashing with genuine software and endangering the safety of operating systems of Windows.
Panda Labs exposed the "Clickbot.A" malware together with other viruses on AIT's site. "Several ISPs unknowingly let malware exploit their networks to perpetrate criminal activities", stated Ryan Sherstobitoff, Panda Labs Product Technology Officer in US, in April 17, 2007s issue of Webhostdir .
"Observer's rate card and other signboards asserted that their site received 17,000 hits daily. This is absolutely false. He alleged that they wanted to expose the Observer's computer before the public and the judiciary to unearth the reality and establish the scam. However the latter didn't want it," alleged Clarence Briggs, AIT's CEO, and Ex- U.S. Army Infantry Officer, in Webhostdir's April 17, 2007 edition.
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» SPAMfighter News - 4/23/2007
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