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  1. #1
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    Malware miscreants target parked domains

    Malware authors are targeting parked domains in a bid to create a wider network of compromised zombie machines.

    About 100 domains parked at NameDrive, one of the top 200 websites in the world, were pointed to an "ad server" serving Trojan downloader malware. This server accounted for 10 per cent of web-based malware attacks blocked by filtering service ScanSafe


    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08...trojan_attack/

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    Namedrive is a "top 200 websites in the world"? I call BS.

    Given their track record of zero ethics, I would suggest they investigate Namedrive as a perpetrator, not a victim.
    The only reseller brave enough to post prices: TheNameStore.com

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    Originally posted by JuniperPark
    Namedrive is a "top 200 websites in the world"? I call BS.

    They might have accounted for all the traffic generated by the domains parked there...
    Annway an eye-opener for all PPC Companies from the security point of view...
    imagine having all or part of your domains blacklisted/banned if they were used for something like this.
    Last edited by Domo Sapiens; 08-16-2007 at 03:12 AM.

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    I "encountered" another large network with the same issue just yesterday. Damn thing tried real hard to grab my browser.

    On a related note I covered the issue of the DomainSponsor network being used to drive traffic to search resellers that were basically searchbox landers that included an offer to install a toolbar "for an better search experience".

    We all know what that means.

    The parking firms better have their auditing systems running in high gear and finally tuned before this becomes a mess. I can see whole portfolios being whacked.
    Going fishing, soon, I hope.

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    I attended a session at Pubcon a year or two ago, and some CRANKY OLD MAN was the speaker. He talked about how people used to be afraid to type a URL in a browser because it would often unleash a hellstorm of popups, some with porn and sound clips. When those went away PPC income went up. That guy was a wise man.

    Those of you doing PPC need to be ALL OVER THIS, or we'll go back to the day were people learn to never type an unknown domain name into the browser.
    The only reseller brave enough to post prices: TheNameStore.com

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