In the past when you would talk about hackers you were talking about people who more curious than anything else. They wanted to see how the new machines worked and so they would break into them and see what made them click. They would rarely do anything of harm since it was all more of a big joke to them. If they did do anything it would be a practical joke and nothing that would be able to cost lasting harm. But these days that has all changed and now the hackers that used to be all about the fun have turned into black hat hackers.
When people who had hacking skills found out that they could also make money from their skills everything changed. Now instead of hacking for the curiosity sake of everything they instead changed to wanting to make money. And that let in people who both knew how to hack and people who knew how to scam. These days you are able to perform the same techniques as a black hat hacker without having the same skills as one. There are kits being sold that will allow you to perform feats that take a great deal of engineering skill.
The money has changed everything in the hacking world. And there is also more competition involved than there was in the past. Before, you just had to be competent to be considered an elite version of a black hat hacker. Now you have to be one of the top in the business to be considered elite.
One of the tricks that you see being pulled to make money all of the time is taking advantage of the ad system on the web. Ads are something that you see all of the time on the web now. When a web site wants to be able to bring in revenue without charging their customers who visit the site they use ads. This is the same model that you have seen with television and radio over the years. It only makes sense that it is being used on the web as well. Even though the ad way of making money is a great way for web sites to make money not all websites should go that route. Not all websites are built for making money through ads. This is especially true if you run a website that is more considered a web app. A web app is when you are making a web site that works more like a desktop application and less like something that you would see on the web.
There are all types of ways for black hat hackers to be able to make money by scamming people who run ads on the web. An ad only works when you bring someone in who wants to buy the item that the ad is advertising for. If you are just getting someone who clicks on the ad with no purpose of being there then that means you are losing money for no reason. And that is what a lot of black hat hackers do when it comes to ads on web sites. They figure out a way to get people to click on the ads when they do not mean to.
There is a bunch of different ways that they do this. Most of the ways is through some sort of technical means. But for the most part this is how a lot of black hat hackers make their money. So if you are advertising on the web, make sure your money is being put to good use and not falling victim to one of these attacks.