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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Malvertising:, Green Tech Software LLC -,,

This one was found on a suspected fraud site (still investigating that part), with the advert itself not surprisingly, making no mention of who or what it was for. Clicking the advert leads you to this bit of loveliness.

The URLs;

Ad image: hxxp://

hxxp:// is hiding behind CloudFlare (it's real IP is (AS14061 Digital Ocean)), and has no content on its homepage. Going to /l/ presents this bit of maliciousness;

The download (183378b94332558211ffa1768bcb22e0, Adware.InstallBrain) is signed using a GoDaddy certificate, and signed by Green Tech Software LLC.


Just had an email from (Ref) asking to advertise on - guess they didn't bother looking me up prior to emailing.

As an aside, it seems Anonymous are protesting something or other outside of my hotel room, but one of them it seems, has no idea what the word actually means (he's wearing a t-shirt with "Anonymous" written on the back).

Friday, 3 January 2014

hpHosts: Updated 04/01/2014

I'm pleased to report, the issues with the hpHosts site have been resolved.

The hpHOSTS Hosts file has been updated. There is now a total of 353,749 listed hostsnames.

If you are NOT using the installer, please read the included Readme.txt file for installation instructions. Enjoy! :)
  1. Latest Updated: 04/01/2014 00:00
  2. Last Verified: 03/01/2014 12:00
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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

[Update] hpHosts site, email

Just an update folks, the hpHosts database server still isn't sorted out, no idea when this will be resolved (we're waiting for Amazon).

As of last night, the incoming email server, controlled by Domain Monster, is also yet again throwing errors, preventing my receiving email (oh joys). Notified Domain Monster when the problem first occurred, but am still waiting for them to sort it out.

So much for a happy new year ....

Can't apologize enough for the inconvenience folks.