"Obama has just been killed" - 100% Incorrect

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A few days ago, I wrote about a cancer support blog:

xtrememillionsuk.blogspot.com

...that kept popping up in Twitter links, always as a result of outrageously OTT spam messages. I did wonder at the time if the site owner had simply purchased an advertisement package that (unknown to them) involved mass Bot spam. Besides the possibility of potential Google Ad click fraud (and it's doubtful random visitors to a random cancer support blog would suddenly feel compelled to start clicking every Google ad in sight) I couldn't really work out the angle, although the URL clearly has a spammish twang to it.

Well, Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro went and double checked the site the other day and came back with some fresh information. I don't recall seeing this at the time so perhaps it's only just "gone live", so to speak. Or maybe I just missed it, who knows. Anyway...

Here's some more Twitter spam, with the now familiar OTT headlines:

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"Obama has just been killed", "Mousavi hilton has cancer" and "Stephen Colbert hit a woman" are all going to drag in the clicks from curious onlookers. They all take you to - you guessed it - the cancer support blog.

Cue Rik Ferguson, who found that at least some of the shortened URLs are apparently going through Tweetbucks and deposit you at the cancer blog via:

links.tweetbucks.com/links/redirector?siteID=rQ3yu4kdYcAXB7gbrhmoRSxaO&linkUID=f1ca20c1-1275-44be-94db-94f4b98b135a&short=bit.ly&href=http%3A%2F%2Fxtrememillionsuk.blogspot.com%2F

What is Tweetbucks?

"
When people click your TweetBucks shortened links, we convert them to affiliate-enabled links by referencing our database of 1000's of online merchant programs. Every time your recommendation results in a purchase, the online merchant pays a commission. So tell your followers about the products and services you like. The more you recommend, the more you can earn."

It seems someone is trying to earn some cash from dubious links on Twitter at Tweetbucks expense. From this page on Adbrite, we can see the cancer blog gets a fair amount of traffic at present:

Pageviews per day [?] :      Over 2,800
Unique users per day [?] :     Over 2,800

...so there is at least some potential for raking in a bit of cash with this one. We'll be notifying the various services who have adverts / PPC services on the site and see if we can reduce the amount of "dead world leader" spam currently clogging up Twitter. Thanks to Rik for the additional information!

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