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RESOLVED: copied content [afjpbn dot com] site removed for fraud

  1. adevwriting profile image79
    adevwritingposted 16 months ago

    Why are these HubPages subdomain urls being listed like this on Google search?

    jptrans.naver.net>Explore>Health>Health Care, Drugs and Insurance>Selecting a Procedure or Treatment

    fcmalaga.ru>HubPages>Education and Science>Life Sciences>Plants

    colorfulone.afjpbn.com>HubPages>Books, Literature, and Writing>Poems and Poetry>Haiku

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image77
      Matthew Meyerposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      Those could be sites that have copied some of the content from HubPages or web proxies. What is the Google search that you are using?

      UPDATE 8/20: See below
      http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2759049

      1. adevwriting profile image79
        adevwritingposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        This is what I was searching for

        adevwriting
        www.google.co.in/search?q=adevwriting&a … 0&sa=N

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image77
          Matthew Meyerposted 16 months ago in reply to this

          Those sites appear to either be proxies or have copied content from HubPages.If they have copied your content without your permission, then a DMCA notice may be appropriate. I have notified our engineering team as well to see if there is anything we can do to block these sites.

          1. adevwriting profile image79
            adevwritingposted 16 months ago in reply to this

            Thanks but these are not my content. They're just the hubs that I commented on.

            1. Matthew Meyer profile image77
              Matthew Meyerposted 16 months ago in reply to this

              Your username shows up on those Hubs when you make a comment and it appears some of those Hubs have been copied.
              The Hub authors could send a DMCA notice if they would like.

              1. adevwriting profile image79
                adevwritingposted 16 months ago in reply to this

                Can you notify them about this?

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image77
      Matthew Meyerposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      I have contacted our engineering team to see what action we can take.
      It appears this site has copied many Hubs and in inserting ads into the links.
      Make sure you have pop-ups blocked and assume any ad you see is malicious, but you can check the site and send DMCA notices if your content has been copied without your permission.

      You can find instructions for doing so here.
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/how- … -complaint

      hubpages[dot]com[dot]afjpbn[dot]com

      You can look for your username in the following URL format.
      yourusername[dot]afjpbn[dot]com

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

        When I typed in the URL one of my hubs did come up.  My computer blocked it as a malicious site.  When I went to WhoIsHostingThis, it said "site not found'.  So, there's no way to file a DMCA but maybe Google already took the site down?

      2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

        How am I supposed to file a DMCA if my computer will not even allow me to enter the site?   I don't know how others are accessing it and can't tell if it is still up or gone.

      3. brakel2 profile image87
        brakel2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

        URGENT Do not go there. I got into it and it is malware, and I had to immediately shut my computer down to get out of it.  I went to a hub by Colorfulone, and then clicked on Hubpages and then it happened. I got a message to call a number to get rid of malware that was being installed, and then a message from Chrome about the bad site. I had not seen the message about blocking popups, but I am leary about going back to that site at all. Staff can tell you what else to do, I guess.

    3. colorfulone profile image86
      colorfuloneposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      I am not seeing a warning on my HubPages dashboard that one of my haiku hubs has been copied.   

      Thanks for the email, Matt.

      1. sallybea profile image97
        sallybeaposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        It looks to me as if my whole profile page of hubs has been lifted  comments i have made on other hubs as well. Who would I file a DMCA with?

        I find it extraordinary that people can actually sign up to hubpages on this site/hubpagesdotcom.afjpbndotcom/

        1. colorfulone profile image86
          colorfuloneposted 16 months ago in reply to this

          I am not going to risk going to those sites. I am hoping that HubPages will be able to do something about them.  I do not have any warnings of copied content on my dash.

          1. brakel2 profile image87
            brakel2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

            I ran Malwarebytes and Panda after I got off that malware site, and nothing showed up. It is a dangerous site, and I would not go back to look at it again either. Too bad someone cannot figure this out, as it makes no sense to me. We need Writer Fox and his wisdom at figuring out these sites.

            1. colorfulone profile image86
              colorfuloneposted 16 months ago in reply to this

              The last virus I got was dregol. 

              Yeah, where is Writer Fox?  Safe I hope.

    4. Matthew Meyer profile image77
      Matthew Meyerposted 15 months ago in reply to this

      We have issued a DMCA notice of infringement for the HubPages content on hubpages[dot]com[dot]afjpbn[dot]com/ (not the content of authors' Hubs as we do not hold the copyright for such content).

      Hopefully that and any reports from authors should have some results.

      If you observe that your content has been copied without your permission as well, then you may want to issue a DMCA infringement notice for your content. It certainly won't hurt and if they get enough reports it might cause them to take quicker action.

      1. brakel2 profile image87
        brakel2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

        Thank you Matthew for reporting this information to us. I am sure everyone appreciates it. I got the nerve to go there to find my hubs and had no difficulty, per your instructions.

      2. sallybea profile image97
        sallybeaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks very much, Matthew.

    5. Matthew Meyer profile image77
      Matthew Meyerposted 15 months ago in reply to this

      I got a response back regarding the site to the DMCA notice of infringement we issued.
      The account was cancelled for fraud.

      http://usercontent2.hubimg.com/12598095_f1024.jpg

      1. sallybea profile image97
        sallybeaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

        That is just the best news.  Thank you very much Matthew.

      2. brakel2 profile image87
        brakel2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks and goodby to this type of of site. So proud of you.

      3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

        Good job, Matthew.  I hear there are a few others doing the same thing...have you filed DMCA's for them also?

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image77
          Matthew Meyerposted 15 months ago in reply to this

          We can only file DMCA infringement notices for sites that copy non-author content, as we do not retain the copyright for author's content.

          If you or any other author finds your content has been copied without your permission, then you can issue such a notice for your content.
          Many times if enough people send notices to the host for such a site, the host may cancel the account.

          If you find a site like this that has copied the entire site including non-author content, please let us know and we can do further research.

          Keep in mind there are also proxy sites that show up in results and those sites aren't really copying the content.

          You can find a bit more about proxy sites here.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server

          So if you find a site that has copied non-author content, you can create a new forum thread in the technical forum or email team@hubpages.com and we can do further research.

          1. adevwriting profile image79
            adevwritingposted 15 months ago in reply to this

            That's really good news, Matthew! Please do look into the other websites I mentioned in the first post of this thread http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/132467#post2757382

  2. adevwriting profile image79
    adevwritingposted 16 months ago

    The whole website afjpbn[dot]com is emulating HubPages! I am concerned about the tax info we've all submitted. There is nothing to worry about, right?

    Thanks!

    1. Alison Graham profile image94
      Alison Grahamposted 16 months ago

      All my hubs and my profile seem to be there. The strange thing is that mousing over the links in Amazon capsules bring up the hubpages affiliate tag. I also have a few links with a tag in them and these are showing exactly as they do on hubpages. What is the significance of this?

      1. adevwriting profile image79
        adevwritingposted 16 months ago

        It's not just afjpbn[dot]com, I found two more

        fcmalaga.ru
        allthingsnow.com › ... › Life Sciences › Zoology › Wild Animals

      2. FatFreddysCat profile image93
        FatFreddysCatposted 16 months ago

        Everybody be careful if you're gonna try to access that "afjpbn dot com" site. When I went to it just now, I got a message from my Norton Anti-Virus saying that it had just blocked a "Web attack intrusion attempt" from a "Fake scan web site."

        ...after that I wasn't feeling brave enough to attempt looking at the other two ripoff sites mentioned in this thread.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

          Kaspersky blocked me completely, calling it a "malicious site".

          1. sallybea profile image97
            sallybeaposted 16 months ago in reply to this

            I don't think it is just the writers that should be filing DMCA's I think that HubPages need to start looking at better ways to protect us.  I just spent several hours writing DMCA's and seven of them were seven different people who have stolen just one Hub.  I can honestly say that I am sick of filing DMCA's.

          2. brakel2 profile image87
            brakel2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

            I wonder why Panda and Malwarebytes did not warn me. Chrome is supposed to have safe search. Maybe I need Kaspersky or Norton.

      3. paradigm search profile image81
        paradigm searchposted 16 months ago

        Every hour we are forced to deal with thieves is an hour taken out of our lives.

        1. Stacie L profile image89
          Stacie Lposted 16 months ago in reply to this

          1++++

      4. adevwriting profile image79
        adevwritingposted 16 months ago

        I was able to access the website through UC Browser in my Nokia 7210c Supernova( The s40 doesn't seem to have a virus developed for it). It has got the same <a href="http://hubpages.com/help/copyright_infringement">copyright infringement</a> page as HubPages! I think Google/HubPages should take quick action. What does everyone think?

        1. adevwriting profile image79
          adevwritingposted 16 months ago

          I was able to access the website through UC Browser in my Nokia 7210c Supernova( The s40 doesn't seem to have a virus developed for it). It has got the same copyright infringement page as HubPages! I think Google/HubPages should take quick action. What does everyone think?

          1. brakel2 profile image87
            brakel2posted 16 months ago in reply to this

            I think there is a way to get Google to take down this site without writers sending thousands of notices. I would imagine HP could even call someone at Google, if they would only please do it. I would even beg them to do that to get rid of a clone of a site with malicious malware that can destroy computers.

            I am going to research it. It may be a sophisticated way to imbed malware and not a site take down issue. That one .ru site mentioned earlier is Russian. I read that many sites have been cloned and that Wordpress had somewhat of a similar problem but their website was entered through a loophole.

            How did you get into the site successfully? Through virus protection on phone?

            1. adevwriting profile image79
              adevwritingposted 15 months ago in reply to this

              My phone has the s40 operating system and people seem to say that phones with s40 cannot get virus. Maybe that's why I was able to access the site?

          2. paradigm search profile image81
            paradigm searchposted 15 months ago

            http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/12231420_f520.jpg
            What's with the deserted forums?

            Edit. Contrary to the clock, around 10:00 am, Monday morning, HPT.

          3. paradigm search profile image81
            paradigm searchposted 15 months ago

            I've just observed that at least HP Staff is alive and well. big_smile

            1. sallybea profile image97
              sallybeaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

              Not deserted, well not yet!  I got tired of waiting and since I did not get any warnings when I visited this site, I decided to file a Google DMCA.
              The site is still there in it's entirety..  I wonder how many others have done the same!

              1. brakel2 profile image87
                brakel2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

                Sally, I checked into this but am afraid to check further. If you run info on a site like this. you find this is a common practice. I have not been back to this site to check for my hubs, as I am afraid it is not safe.. A similar duplicate site from several weeks ago now shows it cannot be found. Maybe Google will keep taking them down, as folks report them.

                1. sallybea profile image97
                  sallybeaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

                  That is OK.  I thought it worth the effort since I did not get any warnings from AVG.

                  1. brakel2 profile image87
                    brakel2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

                    Did you file DMCAs on all your hubs? How did you get onto site safely?

                    1. sallybea profile image97
                      sallybeaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

                      My whole profile page and all my hubs were in the link I filed for the DMCA..  Who knows it might come back that it was done incorrectly but I just followed Matthews instructions above and there did not seem to be a problem

                      You can look for your username in the following URL format.
                      yourusername[dot]afjpbn[dot]com

                      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
                        TIMETRAVELER2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

                        I did that but my anti virus program refused to let me enter the site.  I think I only have one article there, but am not sure.

                        I think contacting them with a DMCA is a waste of time.  If we all sent a complaint directly to Google, I think that would take care of it.  Since I am not sure about my own work and cannot access the site, I can't do it.  However, if any of you can get the info you need, this probably is the way to go.  I think the team also is working on this.

                        1. adevwriting profile image79
                          adevwritingposted 15 months ago in reply to this

                          What do you think about the fact that they have copied the copyright infringement page of HP?

                        2. sallybea profile image97
                          sallybeaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

                          I did send mine to Google.

          4. paradigm search profile image81
            paradigm searchposted 15 months ago

            Where'd my brilliant, on-topic flash fiction missive go? Oh, well. Darwin indeed. smile

            1. paradigm search profile image81
              paradigm searchposted 15 months ago in reply to this

              I was proud of that one. And I am the owner. Yep, I own that website. Won't be renewing the domain name though; I've totally given up as to getting CW traffic.

              Edit: No, not talking about afjpbn dot com.

              1. adevwriting profile image79
                adevwritingposted 15 months ago in reply to this

                I know it. You're trying to cheer everyone up

          5. Lady Lorelei profile image76
            Lady Loreleiposted 15 months ago

            I did not visit the site yet but just wanted to mention that a very good way to hurt these characters is to have their income removed. Report them to whoever is hosting the ads on their site. Google Adsense, Amazon, etc do not appreciate having their programs used for disreputable activities and will shut the scammers affiliate income off very quickly.

            1. brakel2 profile image87
              brakel2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

              Supposedly, they have malicious ads, so I do not know how they make their money. I think staff said to avoid their ads. I have not been to site. Maybe someone can confirm this fact.

              1. brakel2 profile image87
                brakel2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

                I found the post from Matthew which says to assume any ad is malicious.

          6. FatFreddysCat profile image93
            FatFreddysCatposted 15 months ago

            YAY! Bite the digital curb ya b**tards!!

           
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