I have found a real hubpages clone today, here is the link to one of the hub to that site: http://22.214.171.124/hub/cellphonetips
I do not know what it is, but I found it while googling for "soni2006 voip" in the search box today.
Here is the link to the original site: http://126.96.36.199/
Previously, I thought that this site is hubpages itself and tried to log in but when I tried to log in, I was unable to do that. Don't know what it is? If anyone has any clue regarding it, please let me know?
soni, how did you find this particular site?
rebekah, do what I did.
1. Go ahead and type "soni2006 voip" in google without codes.
2. Now click page 5 in the google search results below.
3. You will find a page saying "CELLPHONE TIPS" on the second or third link of Page 5 of that search done by me.
This way I got it.
very uncool, I tried also, said username was invalid.
another report to staff.
rebekahElle, do you think it is done by a hacker or something. I can search, surf, and use the site like a guest but cannot log in. Why????
hi soni, hi all, you need to report it! i checked it also..
it certainly looks different to me, the pics are not as clear, etc. and the URL ???
Wow - that is a total copy. Even down to all the links in my profile page and my analytics tracking code.
How very odd.
This is really really bad. My score is going down. I don't know if it is related.
I'm sure they steal your account password ,when you try to sign in .
That was my thought - so I did not try and sign in. It looks exactly the same though and is using my adsense and analytics codes on "my" pages.
Everything I checked looked identical! Be very careful trying to log in -- alot of these copy-cat site steal your pass word when you try.
Copy-cat pages are most often used to steal banking information, from banking sites.
it appears that everything is the same except the URL and there is no mention of hubpages in the URL. I've never seen a web address like that, have you?
Yes I have also seen same types of urls before but as it didn't concern me, I ignored it.
All web adresses look like that - then they resolve to a domain name.
I tried signing up but could not do so. I guess they are just scraping for personal information.
Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go to to get an email address.
I don't know, there's always someone doing something dogdy behind the scenes of everything, report report!!!
I changed mine also.
if they went to this much trouble, it seems they're after more than email addresses? I'm hacker ignorant.
my dog wants her walk, so see ya later. hope this gets resolved.
The IP number reverses to: hubwbe11.hubpages.com
So it is a subdomain of the hubpages site on first looks. So just a gateway.
Very odd, but I am not good on things like this. I changed my AdSense password. Perhaps this is what they want.
May be a phishing site.
Its important to report this to the Hubpages team.
Sony report it to the Hubpages team... 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
actually on the forums threads there is also a report button...
....and the clone site is automatically getting updated. Even this thread is there and is getting updated with every post
I would definitely report it to be cautious, but I think it is probably a cache for the site or a back up version in case the main site goes down.
Yep, we're all there. I reported this topic as well Soni2006, so that whoever comes in will see this topic and hopefully respond. Especially if it is of their doing. So we can understand what's going on.
Thanks for finding this.
I don't think there is a need to report it. In my opinion it is a backup site. When hubPages is down, you will still be able to see your content there and somehow Google Bot crawled it. You can't log in because the database backup is not there but the content is there so that Google Bot never sees the site is down and neither the visitors.
I think you are right but what about this?
using IP address = 188.8.131.52 for hostname = hubwbe11.hubpages.com
OrgName: Evocative, Inc.
Address: 1400-65th Street
Address: Suite 150
NetRange: 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11
NetType: Direct Allocation
OrgAbuseName: Network Operations Center
OrgNOCName: Network Operations Center
OrgTechName: Network Operations Center
# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2009-09-08 20:00
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.
Dig -x results
; <<>> DiG 9.2.4 <<>> -x 18.104.22.168
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 17202
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;22.214.171.124.in-addr.arpa. IN PTR
;; ANSWER SECTION:
126.96.36.199.in-addr.arpa. 900 IN PTR hubwbe11.hubpages.com.
;; Query time: 0 msec
;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1)
;; WHEN: Wed Sep 9 10:16:44 2009
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 79
lol... that is quite a lot of information... I don't know, maybe they(HubPages) have outsourced backup and due to this outsourcing they are not trusting others with our usernames and passwords.
but I think it is not a backup site because in a backup site, we can easily log in and do the same things we are able to do at the main site. What do you think????
http://www.linkedin.com/companies/evocative-inc. Found this link to them.
You might be right and I could be wrong. But once HubPages was down for maintenance and I could not see their home page but when I entered the URL of one of my hubs it was up there. Plus it might not be a very good idea to place username and passwords of your members on maybe a less secure server or they might be saving some space. Who knows.
EDIT: Could not see the signin page and neither the 'my account' page.
Yea, lets wait and while we are waiting, lets write some good hubs.
Okay. Whatever will happen will happen to us all. We are a team here and not alone so lets wait for the HP staff's response. In the meanwhile, I would say for benefit of other users that PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO LOG IN ON THAT SITE as we are not sure about that. It might be possible it is a backup site for HP or a potential hacker trying to steal our personal info.
mmmmm..... I know we will get a response from HP it is identical and when you click on the forums everyone is on there. I believe it could be a back up for HP.
Its still early in CA, so hopefully we'll get a response from the team soon.
Whatever it is, it is not meant for earning money out of hubpages as it has the same adsense account ids displayed on its pages which I have checked via the PAGE SOURCE link (Ctrl+U) in my mozilla firefox.
This discovery leads me to believe that this is a backup site for hubpages, around 75% sure now.
Welcome... You have stepped through a wormhole.... To Your parallel universe.
Please Remove Your Shoes... And Leave your wallets, purses and passwords in the collection plate that you will find within section 9 or in your words "Soni's hubwbe11.hubpages.com"
You will notice duplicate content has been established to help you feel more comfortable with this piracy. Please do not attempt to cross back to your original universe until your ad cents accounts have been reactivated. Thank you... the original site will self destruct within two minutes.
We shouldn't treat it as a backup site.
That's because there is no reason for launching the backup in the Internet.
We must treat it as a phishing site, until declared safe.
For safety reasons, they are to be guilty till proven innocent.
If its not a backup site, is it going to hurt our adsense clicks?
Should we continue to post new hubs or wait until this is resolved?
I am certain that HP is completely aware at this time and is working on the situation as we discuss. I would continue to post and let them deal with the rest, just my opinion.
Ive found this site before also, couldnt log in, noticed the odd url, did a whois, my final decision was that it was a hub backup or intentional supported clone also.
IF the url resolves to a subdomain of wwww.hubpages.com ...than I have no concerns.
I dont know why its live, but their are duplicates of hubpages for hubpages canada that i run into sometimes.
That's the ip address of one of our web servers. It wasn't properly redirecting, but it is now.
Thanks for the information. It indeed was freaky.
Bugger!!! No Parallel Universe?????
How do I get my Wallet Back??
I was so sure that this was the Captain's Best act of piracy so far....
This is a mirrored site aimed at getting your log in details and password. Once they have managed to get your details, am sure you will loose your account to them. Just take care never never log in
Just so people know, a web address (URL) such as Hubpages.com is actually just a user friendly 'bookmark' which forwards to one, or several, IP addresses (Such as the string of numbers on that URL). Occasionally search engines will pick up the IP address instead of the URL, often down to misconfiguration.
This turned out to be the case in this instance, however you should always be wary of cloned websites trying to steal your login details!
Well, its proven innocent now. LOL
Great community here! Any scams of sorts get sorted out at Hubpages real easily. You don't get that in other websites.
When I did a traceroute to see where the server was located I got a chuckle when I found out it was Hubpages.
Still ... good to know people are actively watching our backs.
I just was not even going near it, this is why I was home today and am just now writing, since I just found out the truth..Im not messing with anything on the web I am uncertain of, ever...
Thank you very much sir for relieving us out of this issue. I am so sorry that I found that link yesterday but I did not ever wanted to spread any rumors. I just wanted to be all of us safe, hubpages and its users, including me.
Now, lets publish more hubs to boost our incomes.
Best of luck to all of you for publishing high quality informative and useful hubs.
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