Is maxcatcom now safe?

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Desertphile
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Is maxcatcom now safe?

Post by Desertphile » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:05 pm

The good news is that mixcat.com has redirected his virus's target page to a page that lists anti-virus software. The bad news is that the virus Mr. Privitera commissioned to increase traffic to his web site is still out there---- mostly infecting computers in India.

The question is, how does someone rate a web site that used a virus in the past, but is apparently no longer doing so?

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wehaveitall
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Rating is entirely up to the

Post by wehaveitall » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:30 pm

Rating is entirely up to the rater, and what you do is dependant on your taste. Although since WOT is a meritocracy, if no one agreed with anything you said, you could lose some credibility for future ratings.

According to Browser Defender, the website definately used to be dangerous, so the first thing you must do is investigate if this website is still unsafe. If it is, then it would obviously deserve a red in privacy and trustworthiness. When I checked, I found that mixcat.com was a search engine, not an antivirus website.


If the website is now safe, then I would advise rating privacy and trustworthiness as yellow, as well as leaving a comment.

I am still looking into the website as to how safe I believe it to currently be, and will let you know about my findings at a later time.

We rate the websites, the WOT staff creates, and advertises the add-on, and together, we make it all happen.

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re: Is maxcatcom now safe?

Post by c۞g » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:53 am

What is the domain name?
example.com style please.
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What is the domain name?

Post by phantazm » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:15 am

mixcat.com

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c۞g
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Ah - thread subject misspelled

Post by c۞g » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:22 am

maxcat.com has no ratings; thread subject is misspelled...



The good news is that mixcat.com has redirected his virus's target page to a page that lists anti-virus software.

Exactly how would you know this information?
Is this your domain?
What is the redirect URL?

The bad news is that the virus Mr. Privitera commissioned to increase traffic to his web site is still out there---- mostly infecting computers in India.
So, metaphorically speaking, you're saying that...
A fire was created and though it's been put out "locally" it's still burning elsewhere.

The question is, how does someone rate a web site that used a virus in the past, but is apparently no longer doing so?
Easy, if the site owner is scandalous enough that s/he felt a virus was/is the only way to drive traffic to a site/domain, then why should they be considered Trustworthy in any respect? How do you know that this "virus" isn't still active towards the same goal but to other associated domains?

Quickly looking inside mixcat.com we find that's it's also know as ghosted.com (which currently redirects back to mixcat.com) and also mixcathosting.com.
mixcathosting ? A virus is needed to direct traffic for a webhost?

ghosted.com
IP: 72.0.111.187
LISTED IN BLACKLIST!
ips.backscatterer.org
  • A total of 137 Impacts were seen during this listing. Last was 2009/06/24 11:42
    Earliest date this IP can expire is 2009/07/22.



mixcat.com
IP: 72.0.111.200
LISTED IN BLACKLIST!
ips.backscatterer.org
  • A total of 52 Impacts were seen during this listing. Last was 2009/06/19 00:20
    Earliest date this IP can expire is 2009/07/17.


There's also:
mixcathosting.com / 209.126.185.104
mixcatnip.com / 72.0.111.187
mixcatresources.com / 72.0.111.187

Not to mention a large amount of bogus domains (expired/deleted or not loading)

A note concerning: backscatterer.org
Backscatter (also known as outscatter, misdirected bounces, blowback or collateral spam) is a side-effect of e-mail spam, viruses and worms, where email servers receiving spam and other mail send bounce messages to an innocent party. This occurs because the original message's envelope sender is forged to contain the e-mail address of the victim. A very large proportion of such e-mail is sent with a forged From: header, matching the envelope sender.

Since these messages were not solicited by the recipients, are substantially similar to each other, and are delivered in bulk quantities, they qualify as unsolicited bulk email or spam. As such, systems that generate e-mail backscatter can end up being listed on various DNSBLs and be in violation of internet service providers' Terms of Service.

source: wikipedia

It would appear the virus is still active and generating spam for ghosted / mixcat IP's.
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