Major article in this Sunday's Washington Post shouting click fraud as a rampant business and criminal problem. It reminds me of a terror or drug peice whereby they are saying "Click fraud could be right next door":
From her home surrounded by cornfields in Dow City, Iowa, Jackie Park spends hours each day on her computer, earning half a penny every time she clicks on an Internet advertisement.
Experts think click fraud is especially prevalent on sites affiliated with search engines.
In New Delhi, small companies place ads in the top English-language newspapers every week looking to hire people who will use their home computers to click on text ads on certain Web sites. One ad offers the equivalent of several hundred dollars a day for spending two hours on the Internet.
In Rockville, Doug Stevens runs a Web site called Mutualhits.com, which encourages Web site owners to form a network to click on each other's ads. The group has more than 2,000 members, many of whom live outside the United States, he said. When asked whether the traffic network was illegal or violated Google's rules, Stevens said it wasn't.
Just for fun - from mutualhits TOS:
MutualHits.com is an honest marketing business supported by appropriate privacy statements, terms and conditions, user agreements, business practices and an excellent reputation in the trade that it will protect through all means available. This benefits you, your business and the online promotion and marketing businesses in general.
Now - how many people reactions like this are we going to see/hear from people after reading this story?