Anti-censorship and anti-click fraud?

Summary:San Diego based Anonymizer is developing a technology to help Chinese internet users avoid the Chinese government's censorship efforts. It is a neat idea, however, it looks like it would make it nearly impossible to detech click-fraud--the practice of clicking on ads to make money.

San Diego based Anonymizer is developing a technology to help Chinese internet users avoid the Chinese government's censorship efforts. It is a neat idea, however, it looks like it would make it nearly impossible to detech click-fraud--the practice of clicking on ads to make money.

Take a look at this excerpt from Anonymizer's recent press release:

"The software will make a secure (SSL) connection to Anonymizer’s anti-censorship servers through a frequently changing set of IP addresses that are not associated with Anonymizer. From there, the user’s connection will continue to its destination over the uncensored Internet, and will appear to come from yet another IP address. This system will ensure that the user is protected both from interception and blocking of their Internet traffic when exiting China. It will also protect against monitoring of forums or other Web sites which will try to detect the users IP address within China.

Any attempt to monitor this connection from within China will only see ordinary SSL Web connections to uncontroversial domains. Any monitoring of IP addresses accessing forums, Web-mail sites, blogs, or discussion boards will show Anonymizer IP addresses which are impossible to track back to the originating IP address. "

Am I wrong? Am I missing something? This looks like a perfect technology to maintain the momentum of the click-fraud train...

Topics: Networking

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In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to make a living as a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley.Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leadi... Full Bio

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