Cyber Criminals Are Selling Web TrafficBy: Zach Walton - January 30, 2012
Have you ever wanted to buy traffic to your Web site? Well, now you can through the help of Russian cyber criminals.
SC Magazine is reporting that cyber criminals have opened an online store selling Web traffic by hijacking other Web site’s traffic. The shop injects hidden integrated frames into pages of legitimate Web sites to redirect visitors to the buyer’s URL.
Integrated frames split pages into parts that are used to embed windows from another Web site. When an iframe’s height and width is set to zero, it becomes invisible.
Customers can purchase 1000 visitors through the online store for an average of $4.
Regional traffic prices do vary with 1000 Dutch visitors costing $18 while 1000 visitors from Australia is only $8. One thousand visitors from the U.S. is only $12.
The shop will also purchase redirected traffic from others. Sellers can inject their own iframes and sell the resulting traffic to the shop.
The operator said that the service does not record any IPs, no one will ban your account and they don’t care what you’re promoting.
The shop can adjust prices automatically based on supply and demand.
The site was originally created for personal use but was opened for public use after the realisation that money could be had.
There are “legal” options to buy Web traffic, but what this shop offers is definitely illegal. If you want to increase your Web traffic, use the old fashioned method of promoting via social media like Facebook and Twitter.