Friday, September 26, 2008

Social hack

Networks for online advertising have to take extreme caution to prevent fraud, such as to prevent a website owner from just repeatedly clicking on his own ads to increase income. Google, for instance, will instantly turn off ad income to any site it even suspects of fraud. It is for this reason that some blog advice pages recommend blog owners NEVER click on their own ads.

Google doesn't even care whether it is the owner or someone else doing the repeated clicking type of thing. As a result, this opens up the world of social hacking. It is possible to cut off someone's income by merely going to their site and clicking on the ads a bunch of times, or writing a simple script to do just that. Evil. Low-minded techno-economic warfare.

Know of any other social hacks? Let me know!

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