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Thread: Internet Security/Malware/Spam

Author Image Gerry Patterson. The world's most humble blogger
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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 01:53:47 +1000

Pop-up ads are (quite rightly) considered to be one of the scourges of the Internet. And Firefox does a great job of blocking them. And I always have the pop-up blocker set. Only a few domains such as Google are allowed to send me pop-ups (because Google chat uses them).

The other night, while I was surfing the Internet, Firefox blocked a pop-up ad, which had the caption, "One of your new buddies from Camberwell has a crush on you".

Now of course a chick-magnet like yours truly should be used to this sort of thing, but if I was cynical and suspicious (I always am when it comes to pop-ups), I might take into account the fact that my ISP, Netspace has their headquarters in Camberwell, and consider the possibility that the site that constructed this advertisement had simply looked up my locality based on the remote IP address, and fabricated this crush request.

So, in the interest of science, I allowed this particular pop-up in the Firefox preference dialogue. This brought up a page that was mostly Javascript, and which announced the details of my new crush request ... and could I kindly select my gender and supply my mobile phone number, credit card number etc?

Oh, So my new buddy has a crush on me, without even knowing what gender I am?

How could my new buddy be so undiscerning?

The domain, which served this page, seems to always serve up a popup from when you access one their pages from an IP address which can be identified as Australian. I would not be at all surprised to discover that users coming from a netblock known to be US in origin would get a page from

The address is the same as the address The authoritative nameservers are and The domain is registered in the US as follows:

	Private Registration
	1&1 Internet, Inc. -
	701 Lee Road, Suite 300
	19087, PA
	Chesterbrook, US provide the nameservers for the domain.

The registrant's details are as follows:

	Adhost Internet Advertising
	140 Fourth Ave North
	Suite 360
	Seattle, WA 98109

The claim in their advertisement (that a certain person has a crush on you) is probably false. It has been constructed to entice lonely and naive users to sign up to their service. If you are thinking of doing it, I would advise you to be cautious about giving them your mobile number and personal details.

I did a Google search for "" and in the top ten matches there were three pages that accused them of fraud and/or scamming.

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