MyBookFace Crap

Introduction

I had an interesting referral from an external website early today.  It was,

http://kexhoxonxk.iblogger.org/

iblogger.com has a decent WHOIS entry and is USA based.  However, the sub-domain bit is a bit iffy.

MyBookFace.net

If you follow the link, it’s immediately redirected to

http://mybookface.net/

The tagline for this website is:

MyBookFace.net
MyBookFace.net

MyBookFace is a friendly social networking alternative to MySpace and FaceBook.

This seems clear and is an obvious parody or amalgam of the two global chatter stations.

Social Networking Problem

The problem with “MyBookFace” is it’s WHOIS – or rather it’s lack of information in it’s whois!!!

Bemused

The registration is blocked by NameCheap.com, which is a bit odd for a public, socially-networked company!

Malware?

Checking up on the ‘company’ I’ve found references to it being a source of malware in the past – but not currently.  These are Google & McAfee.

But checking other things, like the tagline above, we find >4000 websites with exactly the same phrase in it – and some of them look decidely dodgy!  Try this search and see….?

Warning of Krytik.AAR trojan
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Warning of Krytik.AAR trojan

Many of the sites are sexual or cracked entertainment places that all require you to download a “video viewer” or similar.  Many others are no more than catalogue-type directories plastered with adverts.   This is an example of an attempted trojan installation attack on my system from one random site I visited…  After a highly entertaining psuedo-system ‘scan’ which said my ‘system’ had about 57 trojans in it, it then tried to run the setup.exe file.

This was a highly plausible looking scan for newbie-types.  It showed various drives and even a gif-image of a supposed “Windows Alert”.  The Joomla powered website was,

www.techniz.co.uk/rss.php?magadheera%20review

…called the MAGADHEERA REVIEW

Weakest Link - Goodbye!
Weakest Link - Goodbye!

There are also a heap of reported cracks of various WordPress websites if you Google for “MyBookFace scam” or similar.    It’s sites like these, I think, that have been the source of my referral spam.

Like everything else, WordPress must be set up and maintained correctly, just like a car, if it’s to work properly.

Conclusion – MyFaceBook. You are the weakest link. Goodbye!

I haven’t done any more checks.  But IMHO, Google & McAfee want to do more checks. While MyBookFace.crap may not be the source of malware, anything one-click away seems to be!

By Strangely

Founding member of the band Crawling Chaos from the North-East of England

3 comments

  1. MyBookFace was originally a project by "Byet" Webhosting. I know the man who owns it, and I talked to him about it not long ago, he said he was shutting it down…

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