For the past three weeks we have been battling a very strange enemy: www.applyhost.com
has been attempting to steal from our community.
In the most strange phenomena, ApplyHost.com has attempted to run a mirror image of HostingDiscussion.com on their domain. If you were to visit the URL, what you would see is the exact replica of this community, with all its content. The only difference was the logo, which they change to ApplyHost name (and an ugly as hell on top of that). This was extremely strange to say the least and was something I was witnessing for the first time in my life. ApplyHost doesn't actually have the content. It looks like they simply mirror the site by proxifying requests to our server. Our community security developer has very quickly come up with a custom solution that helped block the attempts. However, they pretended to be a Google bot, trying to spoof certain variables that are sent to the server, so more advanced blocks had to be put in place. Because I got alerted to this website by a member of ours in the first place (you know who you are, so thank you for your vigilance), I am making it known to everyone - I assume the saga is not over yet, so the more eyeballs on this kind of actors out there, the quicker we can handle it.
Because the person behind this URL (applyhost.com) is being so direct trying to damage this community by stealing from us, I have no problem making this event as public as possible (after all, that is what they are asking for). For this purpose, I need the help of the community in exposing every bit of information about the person and/or the company behind them. Preferably to the point of this page getting the highest search engine ranking when someone were to search for the URL and/or name of the owner.
I will start by posting whois information:
Registrant Name: Jian Jiao
Registrant Street: WenJing JiaYuan 26-1-12
Registrant Street: Haigang Qu
Registrant City: Qinhuangdao
Registrant State/Province: Hebei
Registrant Postal Code: 066000
Registrant Country: CN
Registrant Phone: +0.3353588327
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a next step, I will of course attempt at shutting the site down by contacting the web hosting provider. Can someone accurately determine this site's host?
Let the fun begin!