In 2018, four men became multi millionaires after conducting a sophisticated plan. They started by buying dozens of latest Android apps that folk were actually using – games, a selfie app, a torch, that kind of thing. To disguise the incontrovertible fact that these apps belonged to one and the same owner, they integrated them into letter box businesses in Israel, Serbia, Germany, Bulgaria and Malta. After analysing their users’ behaviour, they hired a bunch of techies to build bots mimicking this behaviour completely.
They then used particular servers to direct the bots to the apps, which made it look as though app use and site visitors were ballooning.