Strange Digg.com Spamming

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I saw this in the security section earlier today:

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Each one links to a page on a website called Tubeteases(dot)com, and each page streams a Youtube video - usually females bouncing around in various states of undress.

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Usually with spam like this, there's a financial incentive - however, I'm having a hard time working out what the motive is here. There are no clickable ads to make money from on the site - it's just page after page of miniaturised Youtube clips.

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No popups, no flashing banners, no mousetraps.....nothing.

I thought I'd worked it out when I scrolled down the page and saw a large advert for a webcam site. Aha! Obviously the gimmick is luring you to the above video site then get you to pay up for webcam access, right?

Well, not exactly...

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...."Free"? Oh dear, this isn't going well. They don't even have the advert for the webcam site at the top of the page, it's stuffed down at the bottom somewhere so I can't even claim "in-your-face" advertising.

At the very bottom, I saw a set of weblinks to other sites - surely this is the gimmick then? Entice potential webmasters to pay up for links placed on-site? Well, as it turns out, no. Clicking the "free slots available" link simply takes you to a page offering a free link placement script.

Normally spam = profit. Here though, I can't see that this follows the usual pattern. Perhaps someone woke up feeling philanthropic and randomly decided the best course of action for Digg.com users was watching hundreds of postage-stamp sized clips of semi-naked females.

We can tell them off for spamming Digg though, so we've got them there...

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In the mean time, the destination site has changed. The only thing you can do now is "sign up" for a "free" account.

However, this "free" account requires you to enter a valid credit card number, which they promise they will "never" charge.

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