This is my first question on SuperUser [note: I posted this on StackOverflow, but was informed it was more relevant here; apologies for double posting]. I hope someone can help me.
This following video was found in Violation of TOU #4 Section H:
"You agree not to use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, "robots", "spiders" or "offline readers", that accesses the Service in a manner that sends more request messages to the YouTube servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional on-line web browser.
I have checked for myself, and 7 of my top-viewed videos (out of 200) have "spikes" in viewer numbers on 5 specific dates in Nov 2013. The viewer numbers are over 1000 in one day, for a video that normally gets around 50 per day. A lot of the traffic has appeared to come from India, Romania and Turkey. All of the "bogus" traffic has been via "embedded plays" via Twitter.com .
Could a person create this from "outside" my account? I have good passwords that I keep separate from other accounts, so I don't believe my YT password has been compromised.
My next question is "Why would someone do this to me?" I can't see what anyone else could get from this, except perhaps for a business competitor to get YouTube to suspend my account, which they have threatened. Could anyone get any other sort of benefit from getting me banned from YT? Does YT have any sort of protection for users from such an attack?
Finally, is there something I can do to prevent this from happening again? It looks like someone could get you banned by YT without any possibility of stopping them. If that is the case, how could any performer stop a disgruntled fan from taking down their account?