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Study: 99 percent of ads on piracy sites are considered 'high risk'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Apr 2014 15:56 User comments (9)

Study: 99 percent of ads on piracy sites are considered 'high risk' A peer reviewed study from the Federation University in Ballarat has confirmed what nearly everyone knew, that ads placed on piracy sites are high risk and should never be clicked on.
As defined in the study, "high risk" categories are pornography-based (sometimes child), malware or complete scam and fraud sites.

The study had researchers analyzing the "top 500 Google-upheld copyrighted complaints for movies and TV distributed by major Hollywood studios and then analyzing 10 sites from each complaint sampled for all ads displayed," notes Mumbrella.

Only one percent of ads on the illicit sites were found to be for mainstream brands such as banks and retailers, with the most often found advertiser being Quibids.com, the legitimate auction/bidding site.

To avoid re-targeting during the study (where a user's cookies and other past history helps bring up targeted ads), the researchers did not store cookies. "We eyeballed all the ads and classified it as either mainstream or high risk. In terms of methodology every time we took a new page capture we didn't store any cookies. There was nothing in a virtual browser which recorded where we had been eliminated that potential for retargeting by Google etc."

In conclusion, it pays to never click on ads on piracy sites, as a full 46.5 percent were found to have malicious or suspected malicious code, and another 15 percent were used for scams, including premium SMS scams and phishing and investment scams.

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9 user comments

113.4.2014 9:50

Anyone who needed to be told this rather obvious fact, shouldn't be on those sites in the 1st place. Adblock+ FTW.

It's exactly congruent to how you shouldn't be on TPB, if you don't know how to install a crack.

213.4.2014 10:01

Hell the ads are gaining illicit money so they all should be gone after but I guess since some taxes are paid goverment will look the other way..


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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313.4.2014 11:18

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Hell the ads are gaining illicit money so they all should be gone after but I guess since some taxes are paid goverment will look the other way..
and the website owners are getting paid to have the ads on the website.

whole internet needs a clean up imo.

@Bozobub thats why a lot of torrents have a readme file in them.

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413.4.2014 11:47

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Hell the ads are gaining illicit money so they all should be gone after but I guess since some taxes are paid goverment will look the other way..
and the website owners are getting paid to have the ads on the website.

whole internet needs a clean up imo.

@Bozobub thats why a lot of torrents have a readme file in them.
Well it be nice if the system would just allow sharing and revenue sharing. If not at least remove all revenue steams from illicit sharing. But no they want it all so a quagmire we get.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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515.4.2014 13:47

....And 99% of those people that visit are "high risk" too and should be banned from computer use.

615.4.2014 13:53

That's true, however, of every single website in existence. ^^'

725.4.2014 20:47

Tell that to my Dad who tries to stream Soccer games.
I have to clean his computer weekly.
And that's WITH an ad-blocker.
Old people - pfttt

825.4.2014 21:02

user error - replace user and click OK




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925.4.2014 21:44

i think it is an O.F.U.!!!!

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