Cookie-Stuffing Targeting
Cookie-Stuffing Targeting Major Affiliate Merchants - Ben Edelman

This page reports cookie-stuffing by, targeting In my testing, this is but one of many affiilate web sites targeting this and other merchants.

As of November 6, the page was #11 in Google results for "Amazon coupon" (without quotes). The specified URL included the following JavaScript code (line breaks added), which opened an Amazon tracking link in a new window:

<script language="javascript">

The /coupon/Amazon URL performed a HTTP 302 redirect to an Amazon affiliate link:

GET /coupon/Amazon HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Language: en-us
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Connection: Keep-Alive

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2004 15:34:46 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.31 (Unix) mod_auth_passthrough/1.8 mod_log_bytes/1.2 mod_bwlimited/1.4 PHP/4.3.9 FrontPage/ mod_ssl/2.8.19 OpenSSL/0.9.7a
X-Powered-By: PHP/4.3.9
Keep-Alive: timeout=15, max=92
Connection: Keep-Alive
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html

<h1>Link Sent</h1>

I captured the resulting on-screen display in a video (WindowsMedia format, view in Full Screen mode). I also preserved a full packet log of these findings.