This is my first thread here, apology if its in the wrong area or something. TL/DR One of my videos started recieving x10 larger than normal traffic, half of it coming from Linux. Someone is sending views, but its not me. What should I do, if anything? Considering letting it run, you know, free views Considering making the vid private to avoid possible ban due to violation of TOS Thought to contact YT, but considering my own social exchange views this might be shooting myself in the foot, why bring undue attention to my channel Curious as to who would do this and what there intentions may be Seeing as you lot have experience with botted views and what have you, whaddaya think I should do? Background info: I have a testbed channel I made a month ago.. just some Viral type videos that I will use for Grey Hat research, how to promote a legit channel via the types of methods discussed on this forum. I sent the 4 videos that I have there some social exchange views and subs and what have you, at the rate of around 10 views per hour, nothing much. Also experimented with some comment upvoting (did around 5 top comments on some popular videos). Soon after the top comments, (this all happened in the space of a few days, timing could be coincidental) I noticed one of my videos, the shittiest one, the first one I uploaded started getting mad views. There are a few things that have made me suspicious of where these views are coming from. 1. No spillover of views to my other videos. That's unusual. The views coming in on my other vids are social exchange views that I have sent. 2. Too much traffic coming form Linux OS, with identical profile to traffic coming from Windows OS, in equal measure, but no mobile or mac traffic: this one clinches it for me, its bot traffic, but there's more ... 3. Average view duration for this video is flat-lining. I think this is an unnatural occurrence. (note that due to YouTubes delay in registering views, this views-onslaught has barely started registering in this graph, watch time on the left is going to hit the roof): Its no big deal, channel ain't worth much either way, but its got me extremely curious as to what the heck is going on here. Just thought I's ask here what people make of this before I do anything, so what do y'all think?