1. Check out our companion app, Forums for Android! Download from Google Play

Avoid cheap imitations such as androidforums.com.ar

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Slug, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Slug

    Slug Check six!
    Moderator Thread Starter
    2,043

    Aug 1, 2009
    20,553
    16,987
    2,043
    Male
    Mobile phone retail
    Inverness, UK
    Dear valued members,

    It has recently come to our attention that this site is being 'scraped' in its entirety by at least one 'typojacking' domain. It is identical in appearance as it effectively copies the entire AndroidForums site, and only the additional top-level domain suffix in the browser address bar gives the game away.

    Please take care when using hyperlinks, and especially when logging-in, as these low-lifes may be grabbing username/pwd details; the genuine domain is androidforums[dot]com only. Anything else is a poor and shady imitation and should not be trusted. If they stoop this low who knows what else they're prepared to do? :mad:
     

    Advertisement

    rodawg71, atljatl, cwhatever and 15 others like this.
  2. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member
    633

    Feb 20, 2011
    4,873
    1,766
    633
    /home/
    Booooo! I guess they just wanted to be closer to the most friendly site on the net. They must have missed the "Join" button.


    Also, anyone wanting to completely avoid this could add an entry similar to this in their hosts file:
    Code (Text):
    1.  
    2. # Windows XP hosts: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts
    3. #Linux hosts (likely mac too):  /etc/hosts
    4. 127.0.0.1  androidforums.com.ar
    or even better ;)
    Code (Text):
    1.  
    2. 173.192.24.228    androidforums.com.ar
    3.  
    This one will take you to the real androidforums.com address instead of the fake. ;)

    though, ip addresses could change over time....
     
    atljatl, ninadchaudhari and karandpr like this.
  3. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
    Moderator
    1,413

    Dec 1, 2009
    12,863
    9,171
    1,413
    UK
    *Bump*

    It has just come to our attention that 'androidforums.com.ar' is again cloning our website. Please be extra cautious, as their site will show up alongside genuine Android Forums results in google. Do NOT try to log into any domain except "androidforums.com". Please read the first post of this thread by Slug if you haven't already.

    We've got rid of them once already, and we'll do it again ASAP, but we thank you for your patience on this matter.
     
  4. atljatl

    atljatl Well-Known Member
    88

    Dec 19, 2011
    377
    219
    88
    educationeer, etc
    Atlanta, what
    ugh....that's freaky...a million thanks
     
  5. cammykool

    cammykool Well-Known Member
    183

    Jun 18, 2011
    2,048
    267
    183
    Aurora CO
    [​IMG]

    it wont even ping to anything
     
  6. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
    Moderator
    1,413

    Dec 1, 2009
    12,863
    9,171
    1,413
    UK
    Remove the 'http://' and it pings.
     
  7. cammykool

    cammykool Well-Known Member
    183

    Jun 18, 2011
    2,048
    267
    183
    Aurora CO
    look at tjhev ery bottom one
     
  8. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
    Moderator
    1,413

    Dec 1, 2009
    12,863
    9,171
    1,413
    UK
    I didn't spot it, but yeah, you don't need the / at the end either:

    Code (Text):
    1.  
    2. C:\Users\Xyro>ping androidforums.com.ar
    3.  
    4. Pinging androidforums.com.ar [190.210.142.5] with 32 bytes of data:
    5. Reply from 190.210.142.5: bytes=32 time=235ms TTL=55
    6. Reply from 190.210.142.5: bytes=32 time=235ms TTL=55
    7. Reply from 190.210.142.5: bytes=32 time=465ms TTL=55
    8. Reply from 190.210.142.5: bytes=32 time=480ms TTL=55
    9.  
    10. Ping statistics for 190.210.142.5:
    11.     Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    12. Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    13.     Minimum = 235ms, Maximum = 480ms, Average = 353ms
     
  9. shinru2004

    shinru2004 Well-Known Member
    323

    Nov 22, 2011
    1,804
    1,565
    323
    Louisville
    Some people have way to much free time on their hands, Its insane that someone would clone this forum almost down to the last ad.

    There has to be some kind of copyright on the logo or something to where you could take them down for good. Not trying to be mean or anything but they kind of deserve it. I'm sure the site is malicious, and doing something like that has to be illegal.
     

Share This Page

Loading...