I am wondering where you can find information on botnets, particularly in the context of generating fake internet traffic (click fraud, impression fraud, keyword fraud etc.)
I did some research in the past
, and there was an interesting discussion started this morning in the web analytics group
, on Analyticbridge. But I'm still trying to understand the exact mechanism used to generate clicks.
Could a click fraud generator be embedded in a Windows .bat file, and run IExplorer.exe in batch mode from the command line? For instance, running
from a Dos windows (command line) on a Windows PC will create a bogus impression on Google for the search term 'data mining', thus introducing a bias in Google relevancy algorithms, if this command is run on many PCs (from many IP addresses controlled by a botnet).
Also, what other command line parameters are available for IExplorer.exe? Could you pass the referral as an argument in batch mode, in order to fake referral information? The botnets that I have analyzed were not capable of faking the browser nor the referral.