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Sunday, 16 November 2014

ALERT: Prolific spammer (Vance Williams)

Found the following piece of spam on the Billion ( forums earlier, and dediced to do a bit of digging.

Seems this "company" has a rather long history going back to at least 2012 as far as spamming is concerned. The offending company uses an Indonesian based "SEO" company to do the spamming (no big surprise there). Since 2012 (longest I've been able to track back so far) there's been thousands of incidents, seemingly with amongst the hardest hit. However, a little digging for those wanting to make the blacklisting and tracking a little easier, I've dug out the list of offending domains Vance Williams company currently owns (almost all are registered via Mesh Digital (aka Domain Monster), and have bogus registrant details.

IPs the domains are currently housed on:
IP    ASN    55669 MCS-AS-ID PT. Maxindo Content Solution,ID    39779 MESHDIGITAL Mesh Digital Ltd,GB    15418 FASTHOSTS-INTERNET Fasthosts Internet Ltd. Gloucester, UK.,GB    9371 SAKURA-C SAKURA Internet Inc.,JP    15169 GOOGLE - Google Inc.,US    33070 RMH-14 - Rackspace Hosting,US    26496 AS-26496-GO-DADDY-COM-LLC -, LLC,US    29873 BIZLAND-SD - The Endurance International Group, Inc.,US    29873 BIZLAND-SD - The Endurance International Group, Inc.,US    29873 BIZLAND-SD - The Endurance International Group, Inc.,US    21844 THEPLANET-AS - SoftLayer Technologies Inc.,US    9009 M247 M247 Ltd,BE    9009 M247 M247 Ltd,BE    13237 LAMBDANET-AS euNetworks Managed Services GmbH,DE

Of the above, the following are currently NXDOMAIN;


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Monday, 3 November 2014

INFO: Smart TV owner? iPlayer user? BBC just screwed you!

As if we didn't already know the BBC was staffed by the worst middle managers money can buy, my favourite techie rag, The Register has provided details to those of you left wondering why iPlayer no longer works in your set top boxes, smart TV's et al.

If you're amongst those affected, your device was advertised as being iPlayer compatible and of course, is still within warranty - do yourself a favour and return it. The BBC aren't backing down.

A gang of British license fee payers have grabbed their virtual pitchforks and marched on the Beeb in protest against its decision to ban iPlayer RSS feeds.

The changes are designed to stop naughty viewers from using third-party clients to watch the Beeb.

Several Register readers have contacted us and complained about the decision to no longer allow viewers to watch programmes on iPlayer through RSS feeds.

The Beeb has now introduced an API called Nitro, which is a "quick and easy way for us to access programme details for our entire catalogue".

Read more

Sunday, 2 November 2014

hpHosts: Updated 3rd November 2014

The hpHOSTS Hosts file has been updated. There is now a total of 895,334 listed hostsnames.

If you are NOT using the installer, please read the included Readme.txt file for installation instructions. Enjoy! :)
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