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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:02 am    Post subject: Spywareinfo.com Gone to the Darkside Reply with quote

The spywareinfo.com finally lapsed and the bad guys grabbed it. A generic landing page right now, but links of of it may get you with rogues and other unwanted crap.


http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=121410&view=findpost&p=668221

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r21545567-SpywareInfocom-bad-news
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little more detail about what happened. The domain name registration expired because Mike Healan is nowhere to be found and no one else could renew it because it was registered to him only. The registrar actioned it off and the bad guys were the highest bidder. Apparently they paid a very high price for the domain. Very unfortunate this happened. Some folks from the community bid for the domain, but the bad guys kept outbidding everyone.

In anticipation this might happen, due to Mike's absence, the SpywareInfo forum was moved months ago to a new domain.

www.spywareinfoforum.com
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

suzi wrote:
A little more detail about what happened. The domain name registration expired because Mike Healan is nowhere to be found and no one else could renew it because it was registered to him only. The registrar actioned it off and the bad guys were the highest bidder. Apparently they paid a very high price for the domain. Very unfortunate this happened. Some folks from the community bid for the domain, but the bad guys kept outbidding everyone.

In anticipation this might happen, due to Mike's absence, the SpywareInfo forum was moved months ago to a new domain.

www.spywareinfoforum.com


Well give it a few weeks and that domain of his that was taken away will probably be on Spamhaus next as a Malware installer site, given their rogue product will be just another mess of trojan installers for Spam Sending bots.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bidding up to $370 at this point on merijn.org:

https://auctions.godaddy.com/trpItemListing.aspx?ci=13325&isc=gppgt05&domain=merijn.org
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... I didn't know it was expired.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It actually wasn't expired. But the domain is on Mike's server and GoDaddy seems to be slaughtering everything connected to Mike, now that they realize he cannot be contacted.

Merijn.org will always be reachable at http://75.127.110.25/~merijn/
See http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=19016&hl=merijn
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$835 now ... Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

three strikes for the good guys! as castlecops closed its doors for good too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think these recent Malware issues and hackers DDoSing and Hijacking Security sites, I figure it is only a matter of time before this site might even be attacked as well as DSLReports too, besides I see a reason why Russia wants to become the next super power when it comes to the internet.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DSLReports gets attacked (DDoSed) every once in a while. The criminals will attack again and again; the anti-malware related forums and help sites. The battle is far from over.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, very sad...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Mike still missing? Pretty worrying if nobody still knows where he went.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not heard from, found or seen anything concerning his whereabouts ....
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me either. Nothing for what, 2 1/2 years or more now?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thereabouts, yep Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. I've been away from forums for a while, but I just assumed he'd have turned up by now.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice post here about the history of SWI.

http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=119668

It says Mike was last heard from on September 6, 2006.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I talked to him a couple years ago, he told me how fed up he was with everything...the corruption on both sides of the fence...all the in-fighting and back biting. Of course, all I said was "yea, been there, done that."

I still quite vividly remember when he first showed up on the scene as 'Dingo'. He wanted so badly to be a part of the then much smaller pri/sec community. But we didn't have any training programs back then and I didn't have any place to put someone without any relevant skills.

A few months later is when I caught Ahmad ripping me off with LS helping him do it...all while LS was into me for about $10k. Anyway, that was when LS put him 'Dingo/Mike' on staff and used him to fill in for my name space 'Mike'.

Soon afterwards, SI was born.

None of the ph#s or addies I've accumulated for him now work. I tried my 'last knowns' for him last year unsuccessfully after talking to cmn about the domain because I wanted to offer my hosting services. Of course, I wouldn't have even been able to change the pointers without owner access.

It's just as well that I couldn't help them. I never did believe in any pri/sec site that used sponsors who were also vendors in our industry. In fact, just before he disappeared, we had a huge argument over his continued use of Alluria as a sponsor even after they were caught with affiliates who propagated malware in order to sell the product.

So, all in all, I wasn't the least bit surprised to see him disappear. I really do hope he's found an easier life.
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