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I’m not happy our customers are receiving invalid clicks because of a FireFox plugin.

Why does PowerTwitter override browser user-agent, IP, and referrer?

Why does PowerTwitter override the referrer URL, user agent and IP address for clicks made? Any clicks on affiliate ad units or links are getting attributed to PowerTwitter with the same referrer and IP, which any decent affiliate program would catch as invalid/bot activity.
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  • EMPLOYEE
    I’m confused
    Hmm. Can you describe to me how I can replicate this in order to understand it better?
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  • Here's what we're seeing in our database for clicks from PowerTwitter users:


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    | created_at | referer_url | user_agent | remote_ip |
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    | 2009-04-14 16:07:50 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-14 16:07:50 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-14 23:45:33 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-15 02:34:19 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-15 09:45:43 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-15 09:45:43 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-15 10:15:14 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-15 10:15:14 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-15 12:17:56 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-15 21:24:32 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-15 21:26:33 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-15 21:32:44 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-15 21:43:27 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-15 22:50:20 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.54 |
    | 2009-04-16 04:44:51 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-16 07:27:59 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-16 08:54:35 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-16 10:20:16 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-16 11:03:34 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-16 11:03:37 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-16 13:13:49 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-17 00:23:53 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-17 11:21:03 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.54 |
    | 2009-04-17 15:45:01 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.54 |
    | 2009-04-17 22:12:46 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.54 |
    | 2009-04-18 13:52:25 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-18 17:54:45 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-18 19:00:47 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.54 |
    | 2009-04-19 01:06:34 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-19 09:12:27 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-19 09:12:28 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-19 10:33:59 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-19 10:34:00 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
    | 2009-04-20 13:49:05 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-20 15:24:17 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.53 |
    | 2009-04-20 16:44:39 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-20 16:44:41 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-20 16:44:44 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.55 |
    | 2009-04-20 17:00:55 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.54 |
    | 2009-04-21 02:56:31 | http://powertwitter.me/ | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6 | 128.121.156.52 |
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    You'd need to have some way of grabbing information about the request after clicking a link on a page (maybe set up a simple open source Affiliate app and look at the data it tracks). I'm not sure if this only occurs when people use PowerTwitter's URL expansion feature, or whether it occurs with every click.
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    what will be happen if overwrite the spoofed refferer with http://www.stardrifter.org/refcontrol/ or on some firewalls to hide refferers + Webbrowser User Agent by outgoing requests and to redirect on hosts file another domain as # 30boxes.org # 4friendsnetwork.com = 128.121.156.52 by any other domain/ip?
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  • I don't think those are clicks. I think that they are links that power twitter expands in order to show a title.
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