Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads
A new email-based extortion scheme apparently is making the rounds, targeting Web site owners serving banner ads through Google’s AdSense program. In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to flood the publisher’s ads with so much bot and junk traffic that Google’s automated anti-fraud systems suspend the user’s AdSense account for suspicious traffic.
For once, I’m inclined to believe Google when they say they’re onto this kind of threat. People buying adverts are customers, not product, and it wouldn’t be good to burn them to the point that they reconsider doing business with you.