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Most of these are expired domains, presumably in an attempt to get some traffic. teens-boy.net is interesting as it had a previous life as a gay pornography site featuring "young & horny teens and twinks".
The current spam email goes along the following lines:
The Editor <email@example.com>
Could you please be so kind as to update your *****.com listing in the World's Biggest directory and search engine by Thursday so we can continue to list you, if you don't mind?
Updating your listing is absolutely FREE!
After updating your listing, you may also want to:
Review our translations of your website into 10 languages.
Get a free report on how popular your website is.
Unsubscribe My Directory LLC, 946A NW Circle Blvd. #248, Corvallis, OR 97330 USA
Clicking on the links allows you to "update" the listing you never subscribed to in the first place, and tries to get you to "trial" some services such as web page translation that you can get for free. In the past this has used a combination of free services from Alexa and AltaVista, and we suspect this situation is unchanged.
We'd strongly advise you to steer clear of any "trials" at all because Topsites LLC / My Directory LLC have used intimidating practices in the past to try to convince webmaster to pay up. Again, we see no reason to believe that this has changed.
Be in no doubt that you will derive no benefit from a listing in this directory, either in terms of traffic or link popularity. Indeed, a listing in the Topsites / My Directory listing may even harm your website as many search engines blacklist it.
In late December 2004, the domain worldbiggest.com came to light with a snazzy logo. But it's still the same old rubbish.
worldbiggest.com = world's biggest con?
It's an unfortunate choice for a domain name given the history here.
Who's Behind the Latest Spam?
Well, we've seen these contact details before:
Registrant: My Directory LLC PO Box 7334 - 101591 San Francisco, CA 94120-7334 US 415-462-3044 Domain Name: WWW--SEARCH.COM Administrative Contact: Master, Web firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 7334 - 101591 San Francisco, CA 94120-7334 US 415-462-3044 Technical Contact: Master, Web email@example.com PO Box 7334 - 101591 San Francisco, CA 94120-7334 US 415-462-3044 Record last updated 11-14-2004 12:41:38 PM Record expires on 03-23-2005 Record created on 03-23-2004 Domain servers in listed order: NS1.WWW--SEARCH.COM 220.127.116.11 NS2.WWW--SEARCH.COM 18.104.22.168
The site www--search.com and the others are hosted at 22.214.171.124, which is listed to:
inetnum: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 netname: MADGENSITES descr: Madgen Solutions Pvt. Ltd. provides collocation services, shared descr: hosting services, private servers hosting, mailing solutions and descr: mailservers and is located in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, India country: IN admin-c: HM339-AP tech-c: HM339-AP remarks: send all spam and abuse reports to firstname.lastname@example.org mnt-by: APNIC-HM mnt-routes: MAINT-IN-MADGEN status: ASSIGNED PORTABLE remarks: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-++-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ remarks: This object can only be updated by APNIC hostmasters. remarks: To update this object, please contact APNIC remarks: hostmasters and include your organisation's account remarks: name in the subject line. remarks: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-++-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ changed: email@example.com 20040817 changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20040929 source: APNIC person: host master nic-hdl: HM339-AP e-mail: email@example.com address: C-28, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-110017, India phone: +91-11-26672214 fax-no: +91-11-26672214 country: IN changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20040922 mnt-by: MAINT-IN-MADGEN source: APNIC
(Note - magden.com is a UK double glazing company - madgen.com is home of these spammers)
Madgen.com and Madgensolutions.com are registered to another new name:
Max Dest (email@example.com)
The domain dirs.org is registered to a Florida address we haven't seen before, and is hosted by spam-friendly Peer 1 in Canada.
Domain ID:D104710290-LROR Domain Name:DIRS.ORG Created On:01-Aug-2004 17:35:04 UTC Last Updated On:13-Nov-2004 01:00:27 UTC Expiration Date:01-Aug-2005 17:35:04 UTC Sponsoring Registrar:Intercosmos Media Group Inc. (R48-LROR) Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED Registrant ID:ODN-638485 Registrant Name:Host Master Registrant Organization: Registrant Street1:4440 NW 73rd Ave. Registrant Street2:Suite NAS 485 Registrant Street3: Registrant City:Miami Registrant State/Province:FL Registrant Postal Code:33166 Registrant Country:US Registrant Phone:+1.4154623044 Registrant Phone Ext.: Registrant FAX: Registrant FAX Ext.: Registrant Email:firstname.lastname@example.org [snip] Name Server:NS1.MYDIR.ORG Name Server:NS2.MYDIR.ORG
This is most likely a box number, although the contact telephone numbers are the same as for the California one. The Florida address also comes up if you actually try to register in the My Directory LLC directory:
print and mail a copy of this order form with a
U.S. check for three months services to:
No doubt we'll be hearing more from this outfit soon..