Posts by Kellie Stevens

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Audacious Affiliate Uses Merchant’s Own Site to Commit Affiliate Fraud

Cookie stuffing is a general term used in affiliate marketing and related to affiliate fraud. It is used to describe a wide-range of affiliate behaviors which have varying impact for the merchant. I use a very specific definition meaning when an affiliate simulates a physical click by the end user of an affiliate link and […]

Facebook May Prove That Spam King Is Not Invincible

If you’ve been on the Internet at any point in the last decade, you’ve likely seen the work of one Sanford Wallace. Also known as the Spam King or Spamford Wallace, this prolific and notorious spammer finally met his match on July 6, 2011, when the Justice Department indicted Wallace, under seal, on eleven counts […]

CPA Network Swish Marketing Ordered To Pay $4.8 Million In Fines, Changes Name

After many complaints, followed by a full investigation, the FTC announced last month the final court order involving allegations of deceptive marketing by Swish Marketing and its officers: Mark Benning, Matthew Patterson, and Jason Strober. In large part damned by their own words via email and IM, this trio must pay $4.8 million in fines […]

G.I. Jane Challenge To Help Save The Boobies

Over the years Missy Ward, Affiliate Summit Co-Founder and ReveNews Co-Publisher, has been tireless in her fundraising campaigns towards fighting breast cancer and the affiliate marketing industry has responded to her rallying call very generously over the years. Despite a down-turned economy, Missy’s fundraising efforts, through her non-profit, yielded record donations of over $73,000. […]

Malware Thriving On Facebook Apps

Ever wonder just how big the Facebook juggernaut is? Facebook reports over 500 million users spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook interacting with over 900 million objects (pages, groups and events) and 30 billion pieces of content (web links, blog posts, photo albums, etc). You don’t have to hear those staggering statistics […]

Facebook Launches Three Suits Against Affiliate Marketing Scams

On October 19, 2010, Facebook filed three separate lawsuits all involving use of the Facebook platform to engage in what Facebook considered fraudulent activates which were monetized through CPA networks.  The lawsuits named Steven Richter, Jason Swan and MaxBounty. as defendants. Two of the lawsuits named individuals and not the respective network as defendants. All three cases […]

Affiliates Indicted For Cookie Stuffing

On June 24, 2010, two separate indictments were handed down by a grand jury in California against Shawn Hogan and Brian Dunning following an FBI investigation by the Cyber Crimes Department. The indictments charge Hogan and Dunning with wire fraud and criminal forfeiture. Hogan was charged with ten counts of wire fraud and Dunning with five counts of wire fraud.

Zango Co-Founders Receive Over $5 Million For New Start-up

Two of the original founders of 1800Solutions (later called MetricsDirect and then more infamously Zango) are in business together once again with a new start-up company, BigDoorMedia. Keith Smith and Jeff Malek recently received $5 million in investments from Foundry Group according to information on their site and TechCrunch. This brings the total investments for […]

The Power Of Social Media Networks In Adware Distribution

Security companies have been talking about social engineering in the distribution of adware, malware and spyware for years now. In the early days of social engineering discussions, the mechanism for tricking end users into installing potentially unwanted software focused on such avenues as IRC and IM services. Basically, the end user is lulled into a […]

Black Hat Affiliate Tactics in the Facebook Era

Affiliate marketing is receiving some not so great publicity…again. This time it comes from Rik Ferguson over at TrendMicro blog as he reveals a Facebook Account Upgrade Scam, where fan pages promote a Gold Facebook account upgrade. Of course, there is no such thing as a gold Facebook account. From Rik Ferguson’s blog post (bolding […]