In my last post here at Make Money Blog, I outlined some of the ways you can use your sites to create methods and techniques on how to make money online. This time around, things have turned rather sour in the world of how to make money online, at least for this blog and its owner.
A while ago, several of my sites were infiltrated bu a hacker who inserted certain malware fields and hidden links into some of my posts. They also managed to upload malware files to my server by finding a crack in its defences. Well, ok stuff happens and I found out about it and took the necessary steps to weed it all out and get everything back to the way it should be.
When something like that happens, it makes me mad to think not only has someone dared to invade my private piece of cyber-space, but that my guard wasn’t sufficiently up enough to prevent it happening. In a fit of anger, I went about deleting all the malware files, code and links.
It was only a couple of days ago I noticed that this site still had some of that crap lurking in its posts, so I went and started getting rid. Only this time, instead of completely vapourising it, I copied some of the code and the long list of links. Out of interest I followed the links to see where they went and the opened a load of MFA pages that were neatly hidden on a domain who’s homepage is nothing more than a logo and a message that the website is under construction.
Well it is certainly that. Constructing a ton of MFA pages with links coming from unwitting victims such as me.
I ran a whois on the domain and it turned up a name, a box number address (what a surprise, not) an email address and a telephone number.
Well, I made a big mistake. I was so pissed that I emailed that address and told them what I’d found – well maybe the owner was an unwitting participant just like me, so I thought I was doing the decent thing by warning her of a possible hack on her domain.
Wrong thing to do, apparently.
I got no response, apart from an email from Bidvertiser to tell me my account had been terminated for generating invalid clicks. I’m currently in heated discussion with their support about this, because I’m not taking this lying down. I can only assume that an account I have had for several months without any problems does not suddenly deveop sufficient “invalid clicks” overnight to cause account termination.
My educated guess is that those invalid clicks were made on this blog. And I have a fair idea who might do such a thing.
Well, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
I’m very pissed now, so here are the details of the owner of the malware and domain:
That domain is owned by:
PO Box 305
Edgecliff, NSW 2027
If anyone has heard of this person, or better still, knows them, then they should know that Victoria Walsh is a dishonest, not very nice person who has done a very bad thing. There was no need to do what she did. Well she might benefit from knowing that what goes around comes around.