|Sun Jan 11 2015 22:42:14|
Google AdSense Ads Redirecting to Spam Sites
By: Ina Steiner
When I visited the EcommerceBytes Blog one day this weekend, imagine my surprise when my browser suddenly took me to a page that looked like a scam site with an ad featuring Ellen DeGeneres meant to look like it was the Good Housekeeping website, but actually hosted on lemode-mgz.com.
What first appeared to be malware on my computer turned out to be redirects from the Google advertisements we run on the EcommerceBytes site through the Google AdSense program.
A search on Google revealed that, just as for me, other people found the redirects were random, and many people assumed they had malware on their computer.
But on Google's own forums, people identified the problem as coming from Google AdSense. Once we realized what was happening, we shut off Google ads on our blogs pages, and the problem stopped.
While the pages that the spammers/scammers are redirecting to include http://lemode-mgz.com and http://consumernews247.com, savvy webmasters suggested blocking two domains that appeared to be the source of the injections:
"Just go straight to the Advertisers URL tab and add the following to the block list: adwynne.com rgeoffreyblackburn.com" wrote one poster.
But why wouldn't Google itself block those domains? A concerned webmaster wrote:
"This has been going on for over a week now. Still no fix or official update from Google. I don't understand how one of the largest tech companies in the world isn't able to get this resolved faster. They should email a warning to every single Adsense user to warn them about this."
Another wrote, "This problem seems to have been going on for over a week, and still google hasnt managed to remove and block the offending ads, you thought it would have been a priority for them as it more than likely causing problems for thousands of publishers and millions of website users."
I haven't seen any other news outlet pick up on this - we're checking in with Google and see if they have a response.