Google AdWords Hacked Ads In The Raw Search Results

Oct 30, 2008 • 8:15 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Ads (AdWords)

We have reported time and time again about Google AdWords accounts being hacked into and abused. Typically, the hackers gain access, set up a new campaign, generate tons of ads, pointing to temporary domains and use your credit card to pay for that traffic. But I have never really noticed the ads in the raw search results for such hacked campaigns. Until now, that is.

A DigitalPoint Forums thread lead me to a search for earth4energy in Google. The search ads returned, in some cases, returned as many as 7 of the 8 search ads that lead, to what looks like, spammer sites. The ads were probably generated via a hacked AdWords account and they used .CN TLDs to set up temporary landing pages.

Here is a picture of two of those ads that I personally can see right now: Hacked AdWords Ads

All the domains listed for this search result seem to have the same owner:

Domain Name: ROID: 20080813s10011s06156148-cn Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Registrant Organization: 陈 Registrant Name: 陈诚 Administrative Email: [email protected] Sponsoring Registrar: 易名中国 Name Name Registration Date: 2008-08-13 17:40

For our past coverage of AdWords account hacks, see below:

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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