An adsense click bombing cyber attack is on the rise these days. Many South east Asian bloggers, and several pro-bloggers too are noticing its effects. An individual or group is targeting these independent bloggers for unknown reasons.
As we all know that AdSense is the primary source of revenue for a majority of bloggers, it is shocking to see so many invalid click activity rise from foreign IP addresses. Notably U.S IP addresses, those originating from Germany and some from other countries too. It is unclear whether the attackers were based in these countries or used proxies based in these countries.
Pro blogger Bilal Ahmed from Techmaish in a recent correspondence with the web-master of Inspire2rise confirmed the attacks. As several web masters including himself have removed their adsense codes from there sites due to fear of being banned for invalid click activity.
What is Click Bombing ?
Click bombing is when there are clicks on your AdSense ads beyond the usual levels. An example would be when a malicious user visits your site and clicks on your ads several times or programs a bot or machine to do so. This is essentially Click Bombing.
And if that particular user/group is doing so in order to get you banned. Then you are seriously in for some trouble.
Google is very serious regarding invalid click activity / suspicious clicks. Google is clever and learns if you yourself have been up to some wrong doing.
So, NEVER CLICK ON YOUR ADS.
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If you too are noticing unusual click activity since few days. And if you too have been targeted by this adsense click bombing cyber attack , then follow these steps :
1.) Remove adsense code, immediately . Do so to avoid further attacks.
2.) Check whether your site is secure enough or not. The next step for the attackers could be to use SQL injection on your site and bring it down!
To strengthen your security use : Better WP- Security plugin along with Sucuri Site Scanner .
3.) Notice your traffic logs, and stats using Cpanel tools. You can also use WordPress stats by Jetpack for doing so. Analyse suspicious activity and note down the IP addresses.
4.) Notify Google about the Invalid click activity using their appeal form.
5.) All who are getting invalid clicks please share your problem in this Google Help thread. It will help if we report this on a mass scale. And will lead the Google authorities to seriously look into the adsense click bombing issue.
6.) You can use the CB-protect WordPress plugin to protect yourself from click bombing attacks to a certain extent.
7.) For any further queries comment in the comment box below. We will try our best to help you!
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Adsense click bombing cyber attack : Possible solutions found :
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