We present a hit inflation attack on pay-per-click Web advertising schemes. Our attack is virtually impossible for the program provider to detect conclusively, regardless of whether the provider is a third-party `ad network' or the target of the click itself. If practiced widely, this attack could accelerate a move away from pay-per-click programs and toward programs in which referrers are paid only if the referred user subsequently makes a purchase (pay-per-sale) or engages in other substantial activity at the target site (pay-per-lead). We also briefly discuss the lack of auditability inherent in these schemes.
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 17 May 1999|
|Event||The WWW8: 8th International World Wide Web Conference - Toronto, Ont., Can|
Duration: 11 May 1999 → 14 May 1999