Security researchers say they have identified a botnet that steals more than $6 million per month by generating fake customer clicks on online display ads.
Dubbed Chameleon, the botnet has infected more than 120,000 Windows-based computers in the U.S., mimicking human behavior on select Web sites to generate billions of ad impressions and fraudulent income for its creators, according to security firm Spider.io.
Click fraud costs Web advertisers in lost revenue by making them pay for illegitimate clicks. Spider.io reported that advertisers paid an average of 69 cents per one thousand impressions generated by the botnet. … Read more