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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Rogue ads on answers.com: dotastoc.com

I'm still trying to track this one down, but somewhere on answers.com is a rogue ad that does through several hops to reach a fake anti-virus application. Don't visit any of the following sites unless you know what you are doing!
  1. dotastoc.com/442417.js?sid=bWtuamJoX2NvZmZlZS1jODMuZG90YXN0b2MuY29t [, Germany - Netdirekt E.k]
  2. mknjbhyju.exxl.pl/coffee-c83/xalei.html [, Ohio - XLHost.com Inc]
  3. mknjbh_coffee-c83.dotastoc.com/index.html ?Ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk %2Fsearch%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3D[redacted]%26btnG%3DSearch%26meta%3D
  4. myth-busters.cn/go.php?id=2009-01&key=cd19f5036&p=1 [, Netherlands - Ecatel]
  5. 09computerquickscan.com [multihomed at,,,,, Germany Hetzner Online AG]
Step 3 requires a referer string to work, depending on the string you may get redirected, for example to usdisturbed.cn/?pid=229&sid=4b5855 [, Belize "Financial Company Titan Ltd"] then fast-virus-scan4.com [, Costa Rica Centerinfocom Ltd or again]

Lots of suspect IP addresses there, is the first step and also hosts these following domains that also look suspect:

  • Anidmenonpderche.com
  • Dotastoc.com
  • Ewyuewssf.com
  • Fishbiss.com
  • Iggiksc.com
  • Lur2cont.com
  • Niuk.ru
  • Pornokogu.com
  • Uewiosdasda.com
fast-virus-scan4.com is also being used in some .htaccess attacks, where the hacked site only redirects to the fake virus scanner if accessed through Google or some other search engine, not if it is visited directly.

Update: answers.com appear to have tracked down and removed the ad, although some other sites have been hit by a very similar attack.

YoHost.org on the move to Dragonara.net

It looks like black-hat host YoHost.org is on the move to a set of IP addresses owned by "Dragonara Alliance Ltd" (dragonara.net) - a company that claims to be Swiss (and appears to use hosting in Switzerland) but is registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Dragonara claims to be a high-reliability host where clients can weather out DDOS attacks, which is a useful service. However, a lot of the sites it host seem to be quite dubious, and a lot of sites seems to be pushing "replica" (i.e. fake) Swiss watches. The fact that a Swiss company is hosting sites in Switzerland that appear to be selling fake Swiss watches is something that might end up in an interesting conversation with some Swiss lawyers.

The IP address range to look out for is - The sites listed below are for information purposes only, many may well be perfectly legitimate. If you have any observations, then please use the comments.


Thursday, 10 September 2009

Fake HMRC tax refund messages

Looks like there's a spam run in progress with the following fake tax refund message:
From: HM Revenue & Customs [mailto:rsa.messages@hmrc.rsamessages.co.uk]
Sent: 10 September 2009 10:16
Subject: [ HMRC MESSAGE ID NUMBER: 381716209 ]

(This is an outbound message only. Please do not reply.)

Dear Applicant,

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to HM Revenue & Customs. Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.

If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please reply to inform us that you have received this email in error and then delete it without retaining any copy.

I'm writing to confirm that after the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 327.54 GBP

You have attached the tax return form with the TAX REFUND NUMBER ID: 381716209, complete the tax return form attached to this message.

After completing the form, please submit the form by clicking the SUBMIT button on form and allow us 5-9 business days in order to process it.

If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or visit our head office address can be found on our web site at http://www.hmrc.co.uk/

Yours sincerely,
Kevin Taylor
Manager, HM Revenue & Customs Tax Credit

HMRC 2008-2009

This e-mail is generated by RSA Security United Kingdom on behalf of HM Renenue & Customs

Calls may be monitored or recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help improve our quality of service.

or another variant:

From: HM Revenue & Customs [mailto:officer.robinson@hmrc.co.uk]
Sent: 10 September 2009 10:23
Subject: TAX REFUND ID NUMBER: 381716209



HMRC 2008-2009





Dear Applicant,

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to HM Revenue & Customs.

Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.

If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please reply to inform us that you have received this email in error and then delete it without retaining any copy.

I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 344.79

You have attached the tax return form with the TAX REFUND NUMBER ID: 381716209, complete the tax return form attached to this message.

After completing the form, please submit the form by clicking the SUBMIT button on form and allow us 5-9 business days in order to process it.

Our head office address can be found on our web site at http://www.hmrc.co.uk/



HMRC Tax Credit Officer




There's an attachment in both cases that attempt to harvest personal details (basically everything you need for identity theft) and sends it off to the attacker. In this case, domains used are jub23bi.biz and xgen99.biz although there are probably others. Scanning your outbound log files for /luk.php or /luk1.php or .biz/luk might reveal anyone who has fallen for it.

Obviously, if you've entered you details into something like this then you need to contact your bank as soon as possible and explain that your account has been compromised.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Macez.com domain scam

Yet another fake domain appraisal scam following on from this one, macez.com has actually been registered for a while but only came into use in September. If you receive an email recommending this appraisal site, delete it. If you have paid for a fake appraisal with PayPal, then you should open up a dispute about the transaction.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Razor blade spam

Here's a new one.. razor blade spam! Gillette Mach 3 Blades are apparently the most stolen retail product in the world, so perhaps it is unsurprising to see spam for what is bound to be fake Mach 3 razor blades.

Subject: Gillette Mach 3 Razor Blades - Best Prices 28414010
Date: Wed, August 26, 2009 10:37 pm

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friend,farther or sell the items on Ebay.

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join our Rewards program, click here.

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A pack of 8 Mach 3 blades retails for about $18 in the US, these folks claim to be selling them for less than $7..

..which means that these are fakes. Fake razor blades are just fine if you don't mind facial lacerations, rashes and nasty blood diseases. Looks like they also sell fake condoms too.

This may well be the start of a new trend. Who knows what the spammers will try to sell next? Tinned meat?

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

CurrencyVendor.com: can you trust it?

Another doubtful World of Warcraft site is currencyvendor.com hosted on the same server as these other WoW scam sites.

Does it look trustworthy? Well, no. It's hosted by YoHost.org on the same server as a load of WoW scams sites, phishing sites, fake internet companies, bogus pharmacies and all sorts of other things. The domain was set up a few days ago, and is hosted on an anonymous server with anonymous contact details. Given the very high number of scam sites on this server, the lack of history and the anonymous contact details we would strongly recommend that extreme caution be taken if dealing with this site.

Update: the people behind CurrencyVendor.com deny that it is a scam, but acknowledge that their web host does host scam sites. They also decline to identify themselves. Draw your own conclusions, but as a general rule doing business with someone who refuses to identity themselves is a bad idea.

$1 + $3 + $8 + $20 + $52 = $84

This is a interesting gambling spam which tries to entice you to an online casino called worldelitecasino.net hosted in China.

Subject: Re: yo mate
Date: Tue, August 25, 2009 5:19 pm

yo mate..

ok I`ll give you my trick but if you give it someone else I`ll fuckin kill you :)
you know in roulete you can bet on blacks or reds. If you bet $1 on black and it goes black you win $1 but if it goes red you loose your $1.
So I found a way you win everytime:

bet $1 on black if it goes black you win $1

now again bet $1 on black, if it goes red bet $3 on black, if it goes red again bet $8 on black, if red again bet $20 on black, red again bet $52 on black (always multiple you previous lost bet around 2.5) if now is black you win $52 so you have $104 and you bet:

$1 + $3 + $8 + $20 + $52 = $84 So you just won $20 :)

now when you won you start with $1 on blacks again etc etc. its always bound to go black eventually (it`s 50 / 50) so that way you eventually always win. But there`s a catch. If you win too much (like $800 a day) casino will finally notice something and can ban you. I was banned once on red teaching casino. So don`t be too greedy and don`t win more then $200 a day and you can do it for years. I think bigger casios know that trick so I play for real money on smaller ones, right now I play on elite world casino: www.worldelitecasino.net for more then 3 months, I win $50-$200 a day and my account still works. You`ll find roulette there when you log in go to "specialt games" - "american roulete". And don`t you dare talling about it anyone else, if too many people knows about it casinos will finally found a way to block that trick. If you have any questions just drop me a line here or on skype.

c ya

In brief, the spam is pitching a roulette "system" that guarantees that you will win, and recommends an online casino where you can use it. The target site has an executable called SmartDowload.exe which was written by RealTime Gaming, Inc.

So, in fact the "Casino" doesn't exist - it leads to a legitimate (but potentially unwanted) desktop gambling application, the executable itself looks like part of Realtime Gaming's affiliate program of something (the Download ID is 1273059)

Presumably the spammer gets some payment per signup or something.. and this can actually be a lot of money in some cases.

So.. what about this "system" then? Well, in reality it doesn't work. It's a version of the Martingale System which basically says that you should double your bet each time you lose (in this case double-and-a-bit).. because eventually you will win your money back. That sounds fine in theory, but eventually you either:

  1. Run out of money - because the value increases expontentially, in the example in the spam the next levels to bet would be $130, $325, $813, $2031, $5078, $12,595, $31,738, $79,345, $198,364, $495,910 and then $1,239,776). You will always run out of money before the casino does.
  2. Hit the house limit - most casinos have a limit beyond which you cannot bet, usually a few thousand dollars. So, you'd hit the house limit before the Martingale system ever paid off, even if you did have nearly unlimited funds.
There's a more detailed writeup at Greg Kochanski's blog explaining the maths behind it.

Personally, I think there's only one thing to remember about casinos: the house always wins!

Friday, 14 August 2009

"PD Domains": topnameappraisals.com and greatestnamesonline.com scam

Two more scam domain appraisal sites - greatestnamesonline.com and topnameappraisals.com following on from pddomains.com and countless other ones.

If you receive an unsolicited email listing either of these two companies as appraisal outfits, then it's a scam. More information here.

Update: there's also topnameappraisal.com which is another domain doing exactly the same thing.

dia-company.net scam

Another job scam from Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com. It's not clear exactly what "job" they are offering, but it will definitely be a scam and probably be illegal.

Subject: Job Search Results on Monster.com


Our Company is ready to offer full and part time work in your region. We are among top managing companies in North America and Europe.

If you are interested in career growth and good salary, send your resume ONLY to the Company?s email address: hd@dia-company.net

Reply only via corporate email, so please just use this one for further contact and
correspondence: hd@dia-company.net

With best regards,
HD department

The domain registration details are:

Domain name: dia-company.net

Registrant Contact:
Gregory Michell Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
+1.3023892438 fax: +1.3023892438
5215/2 SW 152 Court
Beaverton NA 97011

Administrative Contact:
Gregory Michell Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
+1.3023892438 fax: +1.3023892438
5215/2 SW 152 Court
Beaverton NA 97011

Technical Contact:
Gregory Michell Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
+1.3023892438 fax: +1.3023892438
5215/2 SW 152 Court
Beaverton NA 97011

Billing Contact:
Gregory Michell Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
+1.3023892438 fax: +1.3023892438
5215/2 SW 152 Court
Beaverton NA 97011


Created: 2009-06-25
Expires: 2010-06-25
That email address is well-known.

The site is hosted on in China, it is probably safe to assume that every other site is similarly some sort of scam or malware site and should be avoided.

  • 00freewebhost.cn
  • Anilyclickux.com
  • Anilydclick.com
  • Anilymclicks.com
  • Armor1.info
  • Armor2.info
  • Autohitssite.com
  • Bote-abfertigung.com
  • Ckinter.cn
  • Ckinter.ru
  • Compy.info
  • Dia-company.net
  • Earntoclicklr.com
  • Festgroup.net
  • Googleautohits.com
  • Googledolis.com
  • Googledues.com
  • Googleehits.com
  • Googleipad.com
  • Googleledal.com
  • Googlepayclicks.com
  • Googlepayhits.com
  • Googlepaylr.com
  • Googlesrx.com
  • Ilos-group.com
  • Ilos-group.net
  • Inzo-group.com
  • Inzogroup.net
  • Inzo-group.net
  • Jethitclicks.com
  • Makemogoogle.com
  • Mavr-best.com
  • Medikmenty.com
  • Mybotnet.org
  • Perenils.cn
  • Prex-group.com
  • Prex-group.net
  • Resogroup.net
  • Smallclicks.net
  • Spyware-file.info
  • Spywarehome.info
  • Spywarepc.info
  • Spyware-systems.info
  • Taxvac.com
  • Thjgoogle.com
  • Tincash.cn
  • Varnagroup.net
  • Vicogroup.net
  • Viphack.ru
  • Vsehorosho.info
  • Zentin.net.cn

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Some "World of Warcraft" Scam sites

I don't play WoW myself, but there are a whole bunch of bad guys out there trying to rip off player accounts for money. Here are some recent domains hosted at scam-friendly YoHost.org that you should avoid.. if you HAVE entered your password into one of these sites, then change it NOW.

  • Blizzard-battle.net
  • Blizzard-promotion.com
  • Promotions-battle.net
  • Promotions-worldofwarcraft.com
  • Worldotwarcaft.net
  • Wowmovieteaser.com
  • Wowtcgpromotion.com

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

CA eTrust goes nuts with StdWin32 and other false positives

CA eTrust ITM has gone completely nuts today, with a load of seemingly random false positives mostly for StdWin32 in a large number of binaries, including some components of eTrust itself.

The core problem seems to be a signature update from 31.6.6672 to 33.3.7051, there seems to be little consistency in what is being detected as a false positive although there are multiple occurrences of Nokia software, VNC and event DLLs and EXEs belonging to eTrust's core components.

Probably the best thing to do is block the update or change the Realtime scanning behaviour to "disabled" or "report only".

Update: problem seems to have started at about 0525 GMT when the new signature pattern applied. There no consistent pattern to the infected files, it looks like it happens at random. Several other people seem to be having the same issue!

Update 2: Signature pattern 34.0.6674 appears to fix this problem. You can then enjoy repairing your faulty machines.. thanks CA!

Update 3: Amusingly, CA eTrust seems to have deleted its own key components in many cases. I don't know if this is the first recorded case of an anti-virus application mistaking itself as malware!

Update 4: CA have released a statment as follows:

Last night, CA released a new updated antimalware engine. This new release has resulted in false positive detections of a number of files. CA Threat Manager customers are the only customers being affected by this issue. This is not a result of signature updates and does not impact CA consumer Internet security products.

To resolve the issue, CA has rolled back the new engine and re-released its previous antimalware engine. CA customer support representatives are on call to answer customer questions and to provide remediation support. A remediation tool to rename the quarantined files is now available through CA support and will soon be accessible online.

CA is aggressively working to resolve the issue, assist any customers who have been affected, as well as identify the root cause of the incident. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the roll out of our new antimalware engine, which will ultimately offer our customers many benefits including enhanced malware protection and improved performance.

Update 5: Got a mention on El Reg.. funny thing is that I went in to work today wearing my El Reg T-Shirt. Coincidence? Consiparacy? Cockup?

PS: Please remember to read the comments if you are still having problems!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Fleos.com and Flyappraisal.com scams

Two more domain appraisal scams following on from this one, Fleos.com has been around for a few days and is a copy of the flyappraisals.com / flyrating.com fraud.

In the same vein, the scammers have also registered Flyappraisal.com which will not doubt be used for another batch of fake domain appraisal fraud soon.

Avoid these, and if you have paid for a so-called appraisal via PayPal, then use the PayPal dispute procedure to get your money back.

pddomains.com scam

This is part of a long-running scam where you receive an unsolicited offer for a domain name.. the scam is that you are offered a choice of three appraisal services, the cheapest of which is controlled by the scammer. Once you have paid for your appraisal, the offer to buy the domain mysteriously dries up.

Subject: Offer to buy [redacted]
From: "Resale Domain" <resaledomain@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, August 9, 2009 6:00 am

Dear Sir,

we are interested to buy your domain name [redacted] and offer 65% of the appraised market value.
As of now we accept appraisals from either one of the following leading appraisal companies:


If you already have an appraisal please forward it to us.

As soon as we have received your appraisal we will send you our payment (we use Paypal for amounts less than $2,000 and escrow.com for amounts above $2,000) as well as further instructions on how to complete the transfer of the domain name.

We appreciate your business,

Thank you,

B. Phillips
Resale Domain

The site looks professional enough, but it's a cookie-cutter design that has been used for previous frauds here, here, here and here although sometimes the same crew use this design.

Email originates from in the US and points to a domain on in Malaysia. WHOIS details are anonymised and the domain was only registered on 7th August, nontheless the most likely perpetrator is detailed here.

If you have paid for an appraisal, then you should start a PayPal dispute to get a refund. Hopefully, that will also get the fraudster's account shut down.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

MS09-034 is coming..

Just a reminder that Microsoft are announcing an out-of-band patch today to fix a critical IE / Visual Studio flaw. If you manually authorise updates to client PCs via WSUS, then you will need to break the usual schedule and deploy this as soon as you can.

More info here and here.

Friday, 24 July 2009

"Best Crisis Prices": dotbestshop.com / bestcrisisprices.com fake shops

I mentioned bestcrisesprices.com a few weeks ago, and it seems that they have a new domain called dotbestshop.com which is also a fake ecommerce site.

Both sites are hosted on an an anonymous hosting account at in Malaysia, the domain contact details are either anonymous or fake. The contact details on the website are also fake, and have been stolen from legitimate businesses.

It claims to be a member of the BBB, but it isn't as the BBB reports that it is mis-using their logo.

This is part of a large organized crime ring, nominally connected with China. Although it claims to be based in Louisiana, there is no evidence at all that this is a US operation. Avoid dealing with them at all costs.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Even the bad guys need a back office

Last November, I posted a warning about Ran-De-Vou which was recruiting for translators.. the problem being that the company was part of an organised crime ring and the translations themselves were aided phishing and the like.

Well, "Juice" gave them a go and the result is this interesting insight into the bad guys' back office functions.. enjoy!

"Real Host Ltd" is a real sewer

"Real Host Ltd" occupies 256 IP addresses in the 213.182.197.* range, hosted in Latvia in an address space apparently leased from Junik Ltd.

The netblock registration details claim to belong to an address in Kazakhstan:

person: Alex Spiridonov
address: Kazakhstan, Almaty , Abay street 2a
abuse-mailbox: abusemailhost@gmail.com
phone: + 87771697576
nic-hdl: SA5926-RIPE
source: RIPE # Filtered

This block is of interest because out of hundreds of web sites hosted, there appear to be none at all which are legitimate. And out of all of these, Hit-senders.cn is one of the most interesting because it is currently being used for a zero day Flash/PDF exploit. Many domains are registered to Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com who has featured on this blog many times before.

Some other interesting domains are Cashspyware.com, Botnet.su and Iframepartners.com which are pretty much openly operating as black hat sites.

All of these sites are either fraudulent, dangerous to visit or both - so if you receive an email or link pointing to them, leave well alone!
Vkontalcte.ru, Private Person, admin@0neway.ru
Index683.com, Registration suspended
Presentsdelivery.com, Private Person, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Barmatuxa.info, Brad Higginbotham, EmersonDuffyZP@gmail.com
Bombim.cn, KuserElizabeth, eakuser@yahoo.com
Decine.cn, realmaria teresa, popeskusin@yahoo.com
0neway.ru, Private Person, onewayru@ya.ru
2todays.com, PrivacyProtect.org
2trades.com, alan pakerson, apakerson@googlemail.com
Adulttopvids.info, Lorraine Hoguseir / LueMettterTeam, lorrainefactr@gmail.com
Caffemax.com, Private Person, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Clicksvideo.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Cutietubeee.com, Mark Cristy, evilinside99@gmail.com
Dasper.ru, Sergey V Levitskiy, levitcky@gmail.com
Dataartsoft.com, John A Backham , igusow@gmail.com
Dslcaffe.com, Private Person, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Freegirla.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Fucksexadult.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Gauleyriverraftinginfo.com, Gordon Freeman, evilinside20@gmail.com
Googep.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Homemadez.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Informatoion.com, Tamara Polishuk, kenylotus@yahoo.com
Insky.biz, PrivacyProtect.org
Koka-tube.info, Budulay Romale, budulay_romale@inbox.ru
Linktovideo.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Mac-videos.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Major-don.com, Carl Lee, levitraviagrashop@rambler.ru
Masstrade.us, Yuri, sypiboryrecinih15976@gmail.com
Myspnace.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Odnoklassniki-and-you.ru, Private Person, newlive09@yandex.ru
Online-defence.cn, GuferDerek, asyonurubu@gmail.com
Onlylo.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Photovideox.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Playtstation.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Pornsamateur.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Serialtxt.com, Breitenbach Margery, breitenbach621@yahoo.com
Sexlevitra.com, Carl Lee, levitraviagrashop@rambler.ru
Sexmamba.com, Igor Bogdanov, Igor
Singleslady.com, Registration suspended
Soundrugs.ru, Private Person, workalliance@mail.ru
Tdssim.com, Djon Digan, major.leva@yahoo.com
Thehat.net, Carl Padilla, thehatnkm@gmail.com
Tube84.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Tubeee.com, Whois Privacy Protection Service
Viagrabe.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Video-tube-online.info, Budulay Romale, budulay_romale@inbox.ru
Videomoviex.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Videos-movie.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Vipbabes.com.ua, Андрей Дехтяренко / Andrei Dehtyareno, may-vit@bk.ru
Virgin-x.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Wikjipedia.com, Tamara Polishuk, kenylotus@yahoo.com
Worldtube.su, Private Person, novikov_ds@bk.ru
Xtubex.org, konstantin ololo, scaryscream@gmail.com
Yesey.net, Bob AKKAWA, akkawa@gmail.com
Yhxoo.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Yourko.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Youtube19.com, PrivacyProtect.org
Youviewx.com, Dedinan Galena, galendediweb78@yahoo.com
Cashspyware.com, N/A, faloimitator@list.ru
Casinousa.cn, LucasSteven / Cehhost, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Hostnsload.cn, LucasSteven, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Iframepartners.com, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Megavipsite.cn, LucasSteven, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Sitewebsupport.com, Michell, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Best-casinox.com, MyPrivateRegistration.com
Best-prices-pharma.com, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Best-prices-pharmacy.net, Oleg Demin, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Causas-de-impotencia.com, Private Person, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Causas-de-impotencia.net, Private Person, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Css-csript.cn, IveevPlansky / SerjCOm, ru@rupoisk.in
Dns-lv9720.com, Michell, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Druggs.net, MyPrivateRegistration.com
Druggsonline.com, MyPrivateRegistration.com
Drugsbrokerpharma.com, Oleg Demin, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Edproductos-en-espana.com, Grigory Panin, gragorybland@gmail.com
Erosuka.ru, Private Person, callpartners@gmail.com
Farmacia-venta-on-line.com, Private Person, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Fly-pro.net, MyPrivateRegistration.com
Herbal-impotencecure.com, Oleg Demin, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Hzone66.cn, MichellGregory, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Impotence-natural-cure.com, Oleg Demin, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Kamagra-tratamiento-impotencia.com, Mark Nefidov, markglan1@gmail.com
Lkll.net, Damir Stolbische, damirmuh@gmail.com
Marcusmed.com, Steven Lucas, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Medicamentosgenericosonline.com, Grigory Panin, gragorybland@gmail.com
Microsoftprogram.cn, IveevPlansky / SerjCOm, ru@rupoisk.in
Onlinemedicamentosgenericos.com, Grigory Panin, gragorybland@gmail.com
Pharmacy-drugs-broker.com, Oleg Demin, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Pharmacy-drugsbroker.com, Oleg Demin, premiumwebart@gmail.com
Pharmacy-pills-rx.com, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Pharmacy-pillsrx.com, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Rx-onlinestore.com, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Rxtrustedtabs.net, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Smsgogo.cn, IveevPlansky / SerjCOm, ru@rupoisk.in
Superflyaccess.com, MyPrivateRegistration.com
Traffcount.cn, LucasSteven / steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Treatment-online.com, Aprichev Igor, info@betting-profits.com
Trust-ed-tablets.com, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Tutuuuu.cn, IveevPlansky / SerjCOm, ru@rupoisk.in
Usa-pills-rx.com, Igor Durov, larsontomas@gmail.com
Vitofarmatratamientoimpotencia.com, Private Person, markglan1@gmail.com
Vkpleer.ru, Private Person, callpartners@gmail.com
Vybory2007.ru, Private Person, callpartners@gmail.com
Xxzonexx.com. Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Yandex2.cn, IveevPlansky / SerjCOm, ru@rupoisk.in
Corbsc.com, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Co5v.cn, TiankaiCui, cuitiankai@googlemail.com
Chlenopopik.com, Denis Pupkin, pisssun2006@mail.ru
3ballslottery.com, Klan Jored, support@hosting-offshore.biz
44mm.ru, Private Person, mik58109117@ya.ru
Admins-mail.ru, Private Person, ivttyeivrdyl@yandex.ru
Andors.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Antighost.cn, null, dasidoruk@mail.ru
Avpro-labs.com, PrivacyProtect.org via Erdomain.com
Avtoresa.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Businessconsulting312.com, Nikolay Viktorovich Stepashin, businessconsulting312.com@hvosting.ua
Businesscoorptru.cn, Real Host, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Comforttrade.biz, Klan Jored, support@hosting-offshore.biz
Dfds-seaways.biz, Klan Jored, support@hosting-offshore.biz [note, domain has been seized by the trademark holder]
Digitdbofmusic.org, Petr Karlov, dunkanmac3@mail.ru
Elita-online.ru, Private Person, votub@nm.ru
Fedion.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Firex-labz.com, SharedHSD, roomart2008@yandex.ru
Firsttimesite.us, Olah Istvan, olah.istvan.ny@gmail.com
Gbd-carrers.com, Aleksej Bagrov, deretx@rambler.ru
Gerdok.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Gnk-msk2.com, Alexey MIRKINO, 324635647@mail.ru
Isell.cc, Jhon Balsmen, ukmcuk@googlemail.com
Isellcc.com, Jhon Balsmen, ukmcuk@googlemail.com
Kalopes.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Kobash.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Kovero.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Leadingdelivery.com, WhoisPrivacyProtect.com
Leapdelivery.net, WhoisPrivacyProtect.com
Megatt.cn, LucasSteven, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Midlway.com, Real Host LTD, real2030@gmail.com
Molide.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Motile.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Mssys.net, Klan Jored, support@hosting-offshore.biz
Muhamed.cn, Caroline Krajka, caroline.krajka@gmail.com
Myeasyhosting.us, Olah Istvan, olah.istvan.ny@gmail.com
Newskyag.com, Robert Baker, robertbaker2110@yahoo.com
Obosraca.net, Nungoyanrgrr Pimdulya, cumo@mail.ru
Ru-r.ru, Anton A Baklanov, pinch18@rambler.ru
Slikons.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Smsvor.ru, Private Person, n.shahov@yandex.ru
Superioradz.info, Bryony, blaze_sanchez3@yahoo.com
Swegol.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Uni-tele-com.ru, Private Person, n.shahov@yandex.ru
Valebe.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Vkonlahte.ru, Private Person, eert@inbox.ru
Vkortakt.ru, Private Person, asfsdfgsg@yandex.ru
Waderos.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Webinst.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Wedikas.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Wedows.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Welcomeone.cn, LucasSteven, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Werobin.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Wetese.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Wldomen.com, Klan Jored, support@hosting-offshore.biz
Wogolot.ru, Private Person, 10000002@mail.ru
Xaker.cn, Real Host, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Xxhackmail.ru, Private Person, 365346546@mail.ru
Xxvhost.com, Klan Jored, support@hosting-offshore.biz
Yes04ka.cn, Gregory, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Yourgoogleanalytics.cn, Real Host, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Yourgoogleanalytics.us, Olah Istvan, olah.istvan.ny@gmail.com
Benzonasoss.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Csollw.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Jlopi.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Joltuiwater.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Kartoshkachamp.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Lipesr.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Minfpafs.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Nerkol.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Updateserversoft.com, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Vizllp.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Vmbs4.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Werkp.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Wherg.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Banished.ru, Private Person, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Bargian-hunt.com, Sean McCann, sean.mccann.1@hotmail.com
Pornonova.net, Anya Montague, gr4ndth3ft@hotmail.com
Proxyrent.cn, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Updategoogle.cn, Real Host LTD, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Uppgoogle.cn, Real Host LTD, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Aepi.ru, Private Person, polevweb@gmail.com
Evamedstore.com, Nikolai Vukolov, baton@bronzemail.net
Traffic-exchange.ru, Aleksej D Brozdov, ru-traffic-exchange@gmail.com
1gen1.ru, Andrey G Zubkov, a.zubkov@exeda.info
71sense.info, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
71soldo.info, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
71speed.info, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
71spice.info, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
7addition.info, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
8addition.info, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
8addition.org, Vicky Chan, chan.wai.kay.1@gmail.com
Add-content-filter.info, PrivacyProtect.org
Deonix.biz, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Doplin.biz, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Gnbd1.cn, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Hamatauto.biz, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Hel90.biz, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Lalalabemsbams.name, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Tfx2corp.cn, TiankaiCui, cuitiankai@googlemail.com
Vip-internal.ru, Private Person, spy-logs-l12@inbox.ru
1gigabayt.com, Hau Cheng, haucheng@yahoo.com
Beauty-hot-pornxxx.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Downloadoemsoftware.com, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Fire-hot-pornxxx.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Hotflashplayer.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Metroking.ws, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Oneminute2u.biz, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Rbckc.com, Aurore Hetu, AuroreHetu@fontdrift.com
Scans.cc, PrivacyProtect.org
Sexual69.ru, Artur G Antonov, antonov@rbcmail.ru
Thebestplayer.biz, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Verivell.com, Hau Cheng, haucheng@yahoo.com
Xtraff.cn, Hau Cheng, haucheng@yahoo.com
Agroautoparts.com, Aleksey Melnikov, mel1simkov@gmail.com
Einrock.com, Puprov Ivan, captainjs@yandex.ru
Geo555.com, Vladim Ivanov, captainjs@yandex.ru
Makomset.com, Vladimir Ivanovich, captainjs@yandex.ru
Ribcot.com, Sergeev Kirill Nikolaevich, captainjs@yandex.ru
Sex-proector.ru, Private Person, toolssoft@mail.ru
Feed-place.cn, Gregory, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Hit-senders.cn, Gregory, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Search890.com, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Traffic-searches.cn, Chen Poon, chen.poon1732646@yahoo.com
Vikd3jj-1.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Vikd3jj-2.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Vikd3jj-3.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Vikd3jj-4.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Vintorrils-grag1.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Vintorrils-grag2.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Vintorrils-grag3.com, Dmitry Ostupin, conroetxwelc@gmail.com
Botnet.su, Mihail V Morozov, sdhj3jk@yandex.ru
2k90.cn, Real Host LTD, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Abdulabah.cn, LucasSteven, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
Babjr.cn, LucasSteven, steven_lucas_2000@yahoo.com
D4rkst4r.cn, Real Host LTD, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Luks5.cn, LucasSteven / Cehhost, Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com
Serverinlit.cn, Real Host LTD, abuseemaildhcp@gmail.com
Go-file.ru, Grigoriy M Aleksandrov, aleksandrov@mail333.com

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Even more pathetic SpamCop.net phish

I thought that phishing emails couldn't get more rubbish than this but it turns out that I was wrong. Enjoy:

From: "SPAMCOP SUPPORT TEAM" <helpdesk@spamcop.net>
Date: Wed, July 22, 2009 7:15 pm

Dear spamcop.net Subscriber,

We are currently carrying-out a mantainace
process to your spamcop.net account, to
complete this, you must reply to
this mail immediately, and enter your
User Name here (,,,,,,,,) And Password here
(.......) if you are the rightful owner of
this account.

This process we help us to fight against
spam mails.Failure to summit your password,
will render your email address
in-active from our database.

NOTE: If your have done this before, you may ignore
this mail. You will be send a password reset
messenge in next seven (7)
working days after undergoing this process
for security reasons.

Thank you for using spamcop.net!

The Reply-To email address is verification_teamss12@yahoo.com.hk, originating IP is

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

43.gs: massive Google SERPs poisoning

I can't tell if this is accidental or deliberate, but there are a whole bunch of spam entries in Google for the 43.gs domain as you can see from this search.

It looks like some sort of redirect or copy, but the odd thing is that the 43.gs subdomain actually points to the legitimate server.

For example, ethviumvthvie.43.gs resolves as which belongs to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For some reason, the CDC server accepts requests for ethviumvthvie.43.gs as a request to display the genuine website.

As a result, Google has about 3.2 million results for 43.gs subdomains, all of which are duplicates of existing sites.

It looks like 43.gs offers some sort of legitimate URL shortening service based on subdomain names rather than the more common tinurl/bit.ly. Have the bad guys found a way to use this to their advantage? Are they suddenly going to switch traffic to somewhere bad?

43.gs is showing a small bump in traffic recently, perhaps as a result of this?

Presumably there is a way of telling your web server to reject this kind of request.

Really pathetic SpamCop.net webmail phish

Probably the most pathetic phish ever - the bad guys nicely provide a space in the email for you to put your username and password and then email it back. Combined with a fairly vague grasp of the English language, then it's hard to see that this would fool anyone at all.

From: "SpamCop Webmaster online" <spamcop.net.webmaster@mchsi.com>
Date: Tue, July 14, 2009 4:11 pm
Cc: recipient list not shown:;
Priority: Normal

Dear SpamCop Webmail online Email Account Owner,

Important notice, harmful virus was detected in your account which can be harmful to our subscriber unit.You are to enter your Username and Password here {____________, __________} to enable us set in an anti virus in your user account to clear up this virus. we do need your co-operation in this, Providing us with this information we enable us insert in your account an anti virus machine for clean up.

We are sorry for the inconveniences this might have cost you. Failure to do this, we are sorry to let you know that your account will be deleted immediately to prevent it from arming our subscriber unit.

Thank you for using SpamCop Webmail,
We are glad at your service,
SpamCop Webmaster online.
Originating IP is an open proxy at

Korea DDOS - run for the hills!

The recent DDOS attacks against Korean and US government sites is well known, with calls for reprisals ranging from "cyber-attacks" to the occasional nutjob suggesting that real bombs are used.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the C&C server for the botnet carrying out the attack may well be in the UK. So perhaps we can expect a rush of malformed packets and/or Tomahawk cruise missiles heading the the UK soon..


Monday, 6 July 2009

Phorm: hahahahah

With a bit of luck, it appears that Phorm may be going down the toilet, as BT announce that they are not going to deploy Phorm's deep packet inspection technology. More at the BBC News site.

With a bit of luck, Phorm's share price will end up as a penny stock very soon.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Piradius.net / Yohost.org - black hat hosting?

Piradius.net is a web host in Malaysia that has cropped up a few times as hosts for this long-running scam.

It seems that this isn't an isolated case. Looking just one server at gives us a number of other fraudulent domains:

  • bestcrisisprices.com - fake ecommerce site registered to Michell.Gregory2009@yahoo.com that has been used for this fraud, this fraud and many others.
  • blizzard-battle.net - fake "World of Warcraft" login page, presumably designed to harvest usernames and passwords.
  • europemedicalnet.com - claims to be a German medical company, in reality it isn't. Purpose unclear, probably run by Manuel Fichter.
  • everyhit.info - front-end for the registry-cleaner-comparisons.com fraudware site.
  • evilcheats.org - registered to kingstonsmith@hushmail.com who is connected with many fraudulent and/or suspect sites.
  • excelcapitals.com - smart looking but suspect "get rich quick" site, apparently based in Panama.
  • flyappraisals.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • flyrating.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • germanymedicalnet.com - currently displaying text from the Pozde.com domain scam.
  • gooogled.com - appears to sell knock-off designer goods.
  • hellas-warez.com - "Warez" as in illegal software downloads.
  • hygetropin-hgh.com - Claims to export prescription drugs from China.
  • indigo-net.org - another "Kingston Smith" domain.
  • jessicassoftware.com - suspiciously cheap software.
  • maximizedlivingscam.com - another "Kingston Smith" domain.
  • nameorange.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • nextdayrelief.com - unconvincing "pharmacy" that claims to be in the US, but hosts in Malaysia
  • pedma.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • podzz.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • poker-bonus-codes.de - Kingston Smith again.
  • pozde.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • r4ishop.com - with prices in pounds sterling, it appears to be passing itself off as a UK-based electronics retailer. In reality, everything is anonymised and it could be based anywhere.
  • rc-chem.net - claims to be a Canadian supplier of steroids, a Google search on the domain is enlightening.
  • replica-prestigious-watches.com - fake designer watches.
  • tropicalnames.com - fake domain appraisals.
  • yohost.org - anonymous hosting.
In fact, it's the last domain "yohost.org" which gives a clue as to what is really going on. Yohost.org looks like a reseller of Piradius.net's hosting and it advertises itself as "100% anonymous hosting and anonymous DNS and domain name services" which is "beyond the reach of virtually any government or law enforcement agency."

If you Google for "anonymous hosting" then Yohost.org comes up as #4. So you can see where their customers are coming from.

Yohost.org also rents other servers from Piradius.net, and they show a mix of sites that appear to be very dodgy indeed, through to sites that appear legitimate.

They appear to run the following IPs and probably others too:

Hosting rubbish like this does not enhanced Piradius.net's reputation, they would really be better off booting Yohost.org in order to clean up their IP range.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Domain scam: ntwifinetwork.com / js-wifi.cn

The old Chinese domain scam has been around for years, but these guys are getting lazy because they haven't changed their domains for months, this is esentially unchanged from April.

Subject: Domain Dispute and Registration
From: "Sunny"
Date: Thu, July 2, 2009 4:07 am

To whom it may concern: 2009-7-2

We are a domain name registration service company in Asia,

Last week we received a formal application submited by Justin Lin who wanted to use the keyword "REDACTED" to register the Internet Brand and with suffix such as .cn /.com.cn /.net.cn/.hk/ .asia/ domain names.

After our initial examination, we found that these domain names to be applied for registration are same as your domain name and trademark. We aren¡¯t sure whether you have any relation with him. Because these domain names would produce possible dispute, now we have hold down his registration, but if we do not get your company¡¯s an reply in the next 5 working days, we will approve his company's application

In order to handle this issue better, Please contact us by Fax ,Telephone or Email as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely


Checking Department

Tel: 86 513 8532 1087
Fax: 86 513 8532 2065
Website: www.js-wifi.cn

Our File No.:2272363

Originating IP is

As ever, legitimate domain registrars do not send out this type of email because they are NOT responsible for this activity. Sometimes the Chinese domains get registered, sometimes they are ALREADY registered, and often they never get registered. But before you panic and pay money to these scammers, consider this: there are hundreds of top-level domains in the world. Do you really want to buy your domain for all of them? The answer is probably "no".

The best advice is to ignore this email completely.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

%SI_subj: miserable spam failure

Possibly one of the most miserable spam failures I have ever seen - the idiot spammer somehow forgot to populate the % fields with actual data. It just goes to reinforce that spammers are stupid.

Subject: %SI_subj
From: "Lily Lovett"
Date: Tue, June 30, 2009 2:47 pm

You don’t need to %SI3_rnd10
rod’s %SI3_rnd11 and %SI3_rnd12 %SI3_rnd13’ jokes!

This is a %SI3_rnd14 for
%SI3_rnd15 your
%SI3_rnd16! It will
%SI3_rnd17 in seconds after she %SI3_rnd18 and %SI3_rnd19 as good as if it was
a %SI3_rnd20 rod!

No more jokes – you will always get %SI3_rnd21 and moans! The huge pack
costs less than 30 %SI3_rnd22!

%SI3_rnd23 can be a %SI3_rnd24! No one will know about your %SI3_rnd25!

%SI3_rnd26 now and save more than $10 regardless of
your order’s size!

The hypertext link goes to %SI_link3 rather than a valid address.

Presumably this is a penile enhancement product. By the looks of it, the spammer you do with an intelligence enhancement product.

Password masking facepalm

A bizarre shot in the security vs usability argument, as reported by El Reg: Masked passwords must go which reports on research saying that masked passwords are more trouble than they are worth.

A key bit of the argument? "Shoulder surfing is largely a phantom problem".. umm yeah, because people's passwords usually just show as blobs or stars so there's no point. If your damned password comes up as plaintext then you can betcha that it WILL be a problem.


Saturday, 27 June 2009

flyrating.com scam

Flyrating.com is a re-run of the flyappraisals.com scam - a fake domain name evaluation service that is spamvertised through a bogus offer to buy a domain.

Although the servers are hosted in Malaysia, there is strong evidence linking these to a person of German origin living in Canada. More information here.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Mystery mibug-credit.com / wiremouse.com spam

This is one of those "wft" spams.

Subject: Refund of Duplicate Payment
From: "Customer Care Center" <2712@mibug-credit.com>
Date: Sat, June 20, 2009 8:12 pm

Dear Business Partner!

Enclosed is our e-check in the amount of EURO 1,750.00 which represents a refund for your inadvertent duplicate
remittance for payment of transaction no. 267.

We are pleased that our bookkeeping department discovered this overpayment so quickly.

Thank you.

Instant Number Accounts
Credit Cards Bulk and Wholesale

Yes, you'd think that there's a malware payload or something, but there isn't. Let's check out the domain registrations details - hosted at in Austria:

owner-contact: P-GFB634
owner-organization: MIBUG CREDIT UG
owner-fname: Georg
owner-lname: BENDL
owner-street: Menzingerstrasse 130
owner-city: MUENCHEN
owner-zip: D80997
owner-country: DE
owner-phone: +49.180523363313143
owner-email: wmt18703@kunde.webmachine.eu

This is meant to be some sort of financial services site, but it was only registered on 8th June 2009.

The site does very little, you can try to open an account (which requires you handing over a bunch of personal information), but there's no way of getting this "refund". There are a few links to wiremouse.com on the site, something that's hosted on the same server.. so let's have a look at what else is on

  • Afrohair.at
  • Altkatholiken.net
  • Bankparadies.com
  • Bmc-london.co.uk
  • Bmc-shop.co.uk
  • Cocodonia.com
  • Firmenparadies.com
  • Jr-austria.com
  • Mibug-credit.com
  • Quotum.at
  • Schmeissfliegen.com
  • Server1.biz
  • Sofortbetrieb.com
  • Tiefpreiszentrum.com
  • Turi-landhaus.com
  • Wiremouse.com
The server identifies itself as Server1.biz, also registered to Georg Bendl, but this time in Aust

Registrant ID: C6565959-B-CO
Registrant Name: Georg BENDL
Registrant Address1: Bacherstrasse 7
Registrant City: GRIES
Registrant Postal Code: A5662
Registrant Country: Austria
Registrant Country Code: AT
Registrant Phone Number: +43.66492436352
Registrant Email: WMT5549@kunde.wmtech.net

Hmmm.. OK, well what about wiremouse.com?

owner-contact: P-NVM192
owner-organization: Managed Offshore Payment Services Limited
owner-fname: Nikolas owner-lname: MAKIN
owner-street: Cariocca Business Park 2 Sawley Road
owner-city: MANCHESTER
owner-zip: GM40 8BB
owner-country: GB
owner-phone: +44.7031887152
owner-email: wmt8464@kunde.webmachine.eu

So, it's based in the UK? Well, the postcode is incorrect.. but in fact, Companies House does have a firm of the name Managed Offshore Payment Services Limited registered. But its accounts are overdue and there is a proposal to "strike off" the firm:

Let's look at bmc-london.co.uk on the same server:

Domain name:

Bendl Georg

Registrant type:

Registrant's address:
38 Homer Street

Key-Systems GmbH [Tag = KEY-SYSTEMS-DE]
URL: http://www.Key-Systems.net

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 04-Sep-2008
Renewal date: 04-Sep-2010

Registration status:
Registered until renewal date.

Name servers:

This Georg Bendl chap moves around a lot. The address is valid although it's hard to verify if there's a real company operating from that address.

In fact, most domains seem to be registered to "Georg Bendl", but the address is different in almost every case (although Salzburg features more than once).

It's hard to fathom what this spam is about, although these sites do consistently link back to wiremouse.com. Some sort of SEO? A Joe Job? A phish? Email marketing gone horribly wrong? I don't know.

The final clue is the the sending IP address is which is an ADSL subscriber in Austria. Draw your own conclusions, but I would be tempted to give all of these domains a wide berth.

Friday, 19 June 2009

FAIL: "Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook"

This email looks like it's from Microsoft, but it is really intended to load a trojan onto your PC:

From: Microsoft Customer Support [mailto:no-reply@microsoft.com]
Sent: 18 June 2009 22:47
Subject: Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook

Critical Update

Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721)
Brief Description
Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express. This update is critical and provides you with the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express and offers the highest levels of stability and security.
• To install Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721) please visit Microsoft Update Center:
Quick Details
• File Name: officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.exe
• Version: 1.4
• Date Published: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:46:55 -0500
• Language: English
• File Size: 81 KB
System Requirements
• Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 98; Windows ME; Windows NT; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows Vista
• This update applies to the following product: Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express
Contact Us
© 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement

Although the link appears to be for the Microsoft web site, underneath is a hidden URL which is quite different. From samples I have plus some scraped from teh interwebs, I came up with the following samples:


The reason why this is a FAIL? None of the domains are registered apart from the .com.mx one, so clicking the links will do precisely nothing. il1if1.com.mx is hosted on a botnet with presumably fake registration details, but it seems to be quite unreliable.

Even though this attack doesn't work, it might be a good idea to keep an eye out for it and advise any end users you have. Also checking your proxy logs for update.microsoft.com.i may well be useful.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

WebTrends just doesn't get it

WebTrends is a service I used to run a few years ago for web analytics, until the hundreds of dollars per month it was charging for analytics which I could get cheaper elsewere (or now even free) became ridiculous.

So, I stopped using the service and opted out of all email communications as I was no longer interested. So, this bizarre email from WebTrends plops into my mailbox today:

Thank you for taking a moment to look at this email. We know you've unsubscribed from Marketing Communications from us and respect your request, but wanted to let you know that we're making some much-needed changes to our email programming. Our new approach lets you tell us what messages you want. Tell us which of these topics are most valuable to you and we'll limit what we send to what you're interested in. Simply click on the link below to personalise your email subscription. Still not interested? Ignore this message, it'll be the last email you receive from us.
Let's read that again.. "We know you've unsubscribed from Marketing Communications from us and respect your request".. well, clearly you bloody aren't respecting my request, are you?

WebTrends is not the worst offender - some companies simply do not understand the meaning of the word "unsubscribe". Doesn't it mean "don't send me anything unless I change my mind"? It seems it now means "don't send me anything unless you really want to" instead.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Personal Computer World to close

Noooo! According to the Guardian, Personal Computer World is to close after 31 years of publication. I've read it for 29 of those 31 years. A damned shame, and the only paper-based IT magazine I still read.

Mind you, I'm still upset about BYTE closing and that was 11 years ago!

The last issue of PCW is out on the 18th June. Sniff.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

mediahousenamemartmovie.cn / nonfathighestlocate.cn injection attack

Another set of injection attacks seem to be doing the rounds, possibly related to the recent Gumblar attack.

In this case, the injected code is an IFRAME pointing to hxxp:||mediahousenamemartmovie.cn:8080/ts/in.cgi?pepsi27 and redirecting to hxxp:||nonfathighestlocate.cn:8080/index.php which attempts to load a Flash exploit (VirusTotal results) and PDF exploit (VirusTotal results). The payload includes a DLL (perhaps C:\WindowsSystem32\1028T.DLL although it may vary) that offers some sort of backdoor functionality (VirusTotal results).

The malware domains are on in Germany, all domains on that server seem to be malware related and should be blocked. The server identifies itself via RDNS as "fuckingl33t.eu" although that proves nothing.
  • Autobestwestern.cn
  • Bestlitediscover.cn
  • Bestwebfind.cn
  • Bigbestfind.cn
  • Bigtopartists.cn
  • Giantnonfat.cn
  • Greatbethere.cn
  • Homenameworld.cn
  • Hugebest.cn
  • Hugebestbuys.cn
  • Hugepremium.cn
  • Hugetopdiscover.cn
  • Litepremium.cn
  • Litetopfinddirect.cn
  • Litetopseeksite.cn
  • Lotbetsite.cn
  • Mediahomenameshoppicture.cn
  • Mediahousenamemartmovie.cn
  • Nameforshop.cn
  • Nanotopdiscover.cn
  • Nonfathighestlocate.cn
  • Thebestyoucanfind.cn
  • Topfindworld.cn
  • Toplitesite.cn
  • Tvnameshop.cn
  • Yourlitetopfind.cn
Nonfathighestlocate.cn was on, but then pointed at to in the Czech Republic.

If this is related to Gumblar, then the problem could be down to compromised FTP passwords. If your site has been infected with this attack, then you need to carefully check each machine that has FTP access to your website, clean them up and then change your FTP password to something secure.

Monday, 1 June 2009

flyappraisals.com scam

Part of an ongoing domain name scam, flyappraisals.com is a fake domain name appraisal used in conjunction with a bogus unsolicited offer to buy a domain, similar to the following:

We are interested to buy your domain name [redacted] and offer to buy it from you for 65% of the appraised market value.

As of now we accept appraisals from either one of the following leading appraisal companies:


If you already have an appraisal please forward it to us.

As soon as we have received your appraisal we will send you our payment (we use Paypal for amounts less than $2,000 and escrow.com for amounts above $2,000) as well as further instructions on how to complete the transfer of the domain name.

We appreciate your business,
Out of these three "appraisal" companies, flyappraisals.com is the cheapest. So, naturally a lot of people will part with some money for an appraisal. Of course, the offer to buy the domain name never comes through and the domain name owner is out of pocket.

It looks like this scam is being run out of Canada, and we have covered it many times before: here, here, here and here. If you live in Canada and have been ripped off, then reporting it to the RCMP may get some results. You should also raise a dispute with PayPal to get a refund.

This particular site has a jolly bit of flash on it, unlike the plain HTML of the old sites. It is hosted on in Malaysia.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Bing.com is coming. W00t!

Microsoft is launching a new search engine called bing.com on Monday. Given the current fashion for "reboots" in movies and TV shows, bing.com can be considered a reboot of live.com which is turn was a reboot of MSN Search, and it follows in the great traditions of Google Killers such as.. errr... Cuil.

Microsoft say:
We took a new approach to go beyond search to build what we call a decision engine. With a powerful set of intuitive tools on top of a world class search service, Bing will help you make smarter, faster decisions. We included features that deliver the best results, presented in a more organized way to simplify key tasks and help you make important decisions faster.

And features like cashback, where we actually give you money back on great products, and Price Predictor, which actually tells you when to buy an airline ticket in order to help get you the best price — help you make smarter decisions, and put money back in your pocket.
I say:
Microsoft have never been any good at search, and it's hard to see how this will beat Google when all people want to do is find stuff and move on. Heck, even Google struggles to get people to use more than search - according to Alexa, 90% of Google traffic is for search, image search and mail. If people really wanted more, they would probably use it.

Anyway, we fixed Bing's logo for them.

According the the Internet Archive, the bing.com domain already has a substantial history of fail. Including a bizarre scheme to turn email messages into snail mail post. Hmmmm.