Google: We've just hit Android fraudsters raking in millions by faking human traffic


Google says it's removed the apps and blacklisted the websites employed in a massive ad scam that made millions for fraudsters who used bots trained to mimic human user behavior. The scheme, described in a Buzzfeed News report, centers on a company called We Purchase Apps that does exactly that, paying for apps generously in bitcoin and transferring ownership to various front and shell companies in Cyprus, Malta, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, and Bulgaria. The scheme reportedly involved 125 Android apps and websites. To create convincing bogus traffic to sell, the fraudsters buy legitimate Android apps with an established reputation and then study the behavior of their users. Using this information, they can create bots that act like human users to send real-looking traffic to the fraudster's app.

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