According to Ben Edelman, Google is engaged in a conversion-inflation syndyication fraud.
These tactics are nothing new.
In the featuring article of the November 2008 issue of IR Watch, “Fraudulent Web Analytics – Engineering the Fraud“, we covered how in-the-middle mechanisms are part of Web Analytic Frauds and Business Collusion Schemes.
As in man-in-the-middle attacks found in information security settings, the underlying goal is the same: the crafting of deceiving intermediary events.
Expect soon a pr damage control campaign from the useful idiots/moles.
What is next? A class action lawsuit?
Still, I have a little taste of satisfaction in my mouth when crooks disguised as advertisers/search marketers are gamed. Gaming the gamers: Life ironies!