Fake Users Are Gaming Every Popularity Contest and Social Network on the WebWritten By: Jessie Babiarz
Jan 4, 2013 • 2:38 pm 2 Comments
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard PSY’s massive hit Gangnam Style. The catchy music video earned over a billion views on YouTube, making it the most watched video on the site. What if I told you that you could have the most watched video on YouTube for only $800K? Okay, so that’s a lot of money. Does $2K for over 2M views sound more reasonable? Now, you can purchase YouTube views in bulk on ytview.com, which proudly boasts delivering over 400 million views. Apparently, this service has been available for some time, as described by this journalist, who recently spent $50 to boost his view count by 60,000.
Did you pay for your followers with a credit card? If so, a hacker who makes fake followers now has your credit card number. Paul Judge, Barracuda Labs
Buying fake followers and fake friends is nothing new. We’ve had our eye on these sites for some time, and have previously described the increasing prevalence (and decreasing cost) of buying social media popularity online. It is clear that fake users and compromised accounts are being used to game every online poll, ranking, and popularity contest on the Web. Sure, it’s easy to do and “legal”, but according to TNW, it’s not worth the risk. Not only does it dilute the quality of online social interactions, it also presents real risks to those purchasing. We’re past the point where users and companies can blindly accept these types of actions.
Jessie Babiarz is Impermium’s Marketing Manager, where she works hard to inform people about cybersecurity and the dangers of social spam. Originally from Vermont, Jessie is a proud tree hugger, dog lover, wine drinker, and scuba diver. Go Trojans!