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An advertiser brought to my attention today that their regular automatic statistics report showed a huge spike in impressions and clicks for their ad on 2 days during the reporting period and was wondering what that was about. Like they usually get 0-5 clicks per week and the report shows 450 in one day. We didn't have a commensurate spike in web traffic that day so I'm not sure what to tell him. Has anyone found a likely culprit for an inexplicable spike in the clicks report? I hate to undermine our advertisers' trust in the data we're showing them on their ad's performance. 

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How would one go about searching and finding out of this was a bot or scraper? What logs would log this data? A server-wide log? Or how would one set up logging to catch if this is going on?

Well, I found the debug.log. It's full of these pieces of text, pretty much the same text over and over so just this piece I think suffices to paste?

 

Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Running Maintenance Engine
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Running Maintenance Statistics Engine
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  MaxMind GeoIP2 license key missing, skipping auto-update
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_SetUpdateRequirements
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  - Maintenance statistics will be run
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  - The intermediate table statistics will be updated
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  - The final table statistics will be updated
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_SetUpdateRequirements
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_MigrateBucketData
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]      - The kq29bzox_data_bkt_a table is a raw data table. Data logged in real-time, not operation intervals.
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]      - Accordingly, pruning of the kq29bzox_data_bkt_a table will be performed based on data that has a logged date between 
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]        2021-01-06 22:00:00 UTC and 2021-01-06 22:59:59 UTC
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]      - The kq29bzox_data_bkt_a_var table is a raw data table. Data logged in real-time, not operation intervals.
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]      - Accordingly, pruning of the kq29bzox_data_bkt_a_var table will be performed based on data that has a logged date between 
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]        2021-01-06 22:00:00 UTC and 2021-01-06 22:59:59 UTC
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_MigrateBucketData
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_DeDuplicateConversions
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_DeDuplicateConversions
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_ManageConversions
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_ManageConversions
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_SummariseFinal
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_SummariseFinal
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_LogCompletion
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_LogCompletion
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_ManageCampaigns
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  - Managing (activating/deactivating) campaigns
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OX_Maintenance_Statistics_Task_ManageCampaigns
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Maintenance Statistics Engine Completed (Started at 2021-01-06 23:06:35 UTC)
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Running Maintenance Priority Engine
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_GetRequiredAdImpressionsLifetime
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_GetRequiredAdImpressionsLifetime
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_GetRequiredAdImpressionsDaily
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_GetRequiredAdImpressionsDaily
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_AllocateZoneImpressions
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]    - Selecting Zones forecasts for all managers for OI from 2021-01-06 23:00:00 to 2021-01-06 23:59:59
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_AllocateZoneImpressions
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_PriorityCompensation
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]    - Selecting Zones forecasts for all managers for OI from 2021-01-06 23:00:00 to 2021-01-06 23:59:59
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_PriorityCompensation
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_ECPMforContract
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  - Selecting All Managers
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]    - Selecting active campaigns with priority = '9' for manager 1
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]    - Selecting active campaigns with priority = '8' for manager 1
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]    - Selecting active campaigns with priority = '7' for manager 1
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]    - Selecting active campaigns with priority = '6' for manager 1
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_ECPMforContract
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task begin: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_ECPMforRemnant
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  - Selecting Managers with ECPM priority campaigns running
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Task complete: OA_Maintenance_Priority_AdServer_Task_ECPMforRemnant
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Maintenance Priority Engine Completed (Started at 2021-01-06 23:06:35 UTC)
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-maintenance-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Maintenance Engine Completed (Started at 2021-01-06 23:06:35 UTC, taking 00:00:00)
Jan 06 18:06:35 -0500 OX-5ff6427b90ca7 [     info]  Automatic Maintenance Task Completed

 

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I had similar issues with Hosted Edition where on a couple of days it was out of control. Ridiculous impressions in a couple hours and insane click numbers for a coupe of hours. More than 10x the average clicks on a couple days. These are with email ads, which shouldn't even be seen by bots. 

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Hi Ivan,

We are on the latest version... :O(

 

 

You are currently using Revive Adserver v5.2.0 running on Apache, PHP 7.1.33 and MySQL 5.7.33-.
 

 

 
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