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I was just on the tag, which has a sponsered links section on the top. For the longest time, these were all documentation and mailing list links from Google. Now, a new one has appeared (at the bottom): What the... This link leads to (DO NOT CLICK, I have no idea what's here because of AdBlock):

http://engine.adzerk.net/redirect/0/22813/2775/0/00000000000000000000000000000000/0

This is not a link from Google. I don't think it's a link from Stack Exchange either. So, either we, or Google, has been hacked by some spammers. What's going on?!?

EDIT: The rest of the sponsored App Engine links lead to the same add site, with a slightly different URL.

EDIT: It's the same on every Google sponsored tag, but not other ones, like Facebook.

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Well, it does lead to a Google page about hiring engineers. It's odd that it's send over adzerk, but nothing impressive to see here. –  Time Traveling Bobby Feb 24 '13 at 16:15
    
You might have caught it while it was being update. The links were failing a couple minutes ago but work fine now. –  Mat Feb 24 '13 at 16:16
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@SulfurizedDemonbobby: Really? I guess adblock just freaked as soon as it saw adzerk. But why would google be sending they're URLs over an ad site, especially on a community for programmers? –  Linuxios Feb 24 '13 at 16:16
    
@Mat: They still lead to an ad site. –  Linuxios Feb 24 '13 at 16:16
    
It's SE's add provider, nothing really surprising there those are sponsored links. –  Mat Feb 24 '13 at 16:18
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Stack Exchange uses adzerk as its advertisement delivery system, and the link in question goes to this Google job posting. There's nothing malicious going on here, it's just tracking clicks on sponsored links.

I'm not sure why the links on Facebook sponsored tags don't follow the same pattern, but this behaviour is the same for other non-Google sponsored tags as well.

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I guess AdBlock was just freaking when it saw adzerk. Thanks. –  Linuxios Feb 24 '13 at 16:17
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