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Well, now, THAT'S interesting...

A while ago, I wrote about an outfit called a2b2.net, which was hosting a number of phony PayPal and bank sites designed to dupe people into giving up their financial information.

A short time later, that particular server went offline, only to come back a few days later as a site that sold and distributed software for hacking Web servers and setting up phony bank and PayPal sites.

Well, now things take a turn for the strange. It appears that Web host has been hacked, and every Web site running on the entire Web host has been wiped.

Hm. When you go to bed with monsters...


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_cloud_9
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
i am anti-paypal and anything of the sort.
polylizzy
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
so your saying the hackers got hacked?

Wonder who THEY pissed off?
flamingnerd
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
jesus.
fallingupthesky
Jun. 10th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, and what are they going to do about it? "Help! Police! Someone stole my illegal heroin stash! Help me get it back!" As Paypal is one of the things that I rely on for my livelihood, I'm hoping it was a fed up Government Agency or Net Vigilante giving them what they deserve and not some other crime syndicate taking out a competitor.
tacit
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I would not be surprised to learn they were destroyed by the same criminals they hosted. Pity about the people caught in the crossfire, though.
vrimj
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
*nod* I have always heard that defense attorneys actually get more death threats from the people they defend then do prosecuting attorneys from the people they prosecute
stormkeeper
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
That's rather ironic in a way.
terry31415
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
It's a sad state of affairs when justice is illegal...
tacit
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I'd call this "justice". Of the 100,000 Web sites that were destroyed, only a relative handful were involved in criminal activities.

The fact that a2b2 knowingly and deliberately hosted Web sites for organized crime makes me have no sympathy whatsoever for them, and it'd suit me fine if this incident drives them out of business, but all the legitimate people hosting there didn't deserve it.
stormkeeper
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who used to work for Rus and I also was once hosted with him (which he subsequently removed without warning me, so I lost some unique data), so I've always taken an active interest in anything to do with Rus' companies. All I can say is that it makes me glad that I'm no longer hosted with him! One for them being hacked and two due to the illicit activities. Although my faith in him was somewhat low to begin with, this just brings it home that he was really dodgy all along.

Even if he wasn't aware of the scam sites, I still don't really trust him overall.
tacit
Jun. 20th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting. When you hosted with him, was he operating Vaserv, a2b2, or some other company?
stormkeeper
Jun. 20th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I know he has a2b2 up, possibly VAServ, but if I recall, I was hosted by CheapVPS. I just checked the domain (cheapvps.co.uk) and I get a 502 error, so I figure it's not been restored. It just makes me think that if I were still with him, I'd have lost my websites.
terry31415
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Ah. Well, no I wouldn't call that justice either.

Maybe that's just a sad state of affairs. :-(

stormkeeper
Jun. 20th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
It's all screwed up, really.
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