Fake search engines
These sites look like a search engine. But all links are actually paid advertising. To trick the advertising networks, the user is redirected to different IP addresses when he clicks on these links, so that the advertising networks see a small amount of traffic coming from multiple addresses instead of massive amounts of traffic coming from one location.
I've described how these fake search engines work in detail in the post about Mother's day scam.
|p3p0.com fake search engine|
In the past few months, I've seen more and more hijacked pages redirecting users to (illegal) download sites. These sites make money by selling subscriptions to users.
|Site claims to have deadliest catch.rar available for download...|
|but the user must sign up first ...|
|and pay to access a file which does not exist!|
Most of these sites have very similar domain names: fast-downloads.biz, turbo-speed-downloads.com, express-downloads.com, thedownloadfiles.com, etc.
There are more and more shady sites using Blackhat SEO in order to make money. And there is no shortage of vulnerable Wordpress installations to take advantage of. This type of spam will very likely exist for a long time.
Botnets are already available for rent, I think it won't take long before hijacked sites are up for rent to increase traffic to shady websites.