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Namecheap and Phishers

Are they doing enough to protect victims? I don’t think they are.

I recently had a look at some of the Phishing websites I could find; mainly to see how these scammers are operating and what kind of Phishing campaigns they run.

It wasn’t too hard to find many Phishing websites by reviewing Twitter, Pastebin, and other sources. What did surprise me though is the sheer quantity of Phishing websites that are hosted by Namecheap. So much in fact that I believe Namecheap are largely responsible for a lot of the Phishing websites online. According to, 38% of scam domain names reported to them since 23rd August 2017 are sponsored by Namecheap. That’s insane! Their approach to dealing with these websites appears relaxed and under-resourced. Where they profit by selling these services, they have a responsibility to ensure they are not used inappropriately. I believe they are putting profit before this responsibility.

In my search for Phishing websites this morning, I identified the following URLs:

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Every single one of these URL’s was/is hosted by Namecheap. Every new website I found continued with the same pattern. Namecheap Namecheap. Namecheap. Between them, they collected various bits of information from victims including dates of birth, credit card and bank details, e-mail addresses, and passwords.

Each of these URL’s were also reported to them between 9:00AM-11:10AM UK Time. A support representative replied to all tickets at 12:06PM advising they were investigating. At the time of writing this post, it is now 2:00PM and with the exception of the EE website which looks like it has been deleted by the phisher, all websites are still active actively phishing victims. I don’t feel it takes that much investigation from Namecheap for them to ascertain they’re not legitimate websites. I do not believe they are acting fast enough, and I think they have something to answer for. Real victims are being scammed. Real victims are losing their money. Namecheap do not seem to understand this.

Fraudsters are obviously using Namecheap’s services due to their relaxed approach at suspending them.

Interestingly enough, Facebook also litigated against Namecheap eariler this year.

The social networking giant claims that Namecheap has refused to cooperate in an investigation into a series of malicious domains that have been registered through its service and which impersonated the Facebook brand.

I have a few domain names registered with Namecheap, and whilst they probably make very little profit off of them, I cannot continue to support a company with such a relaxed approach to scams, and will be transferring them away shortly. I suggest you do the same.

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eBay is port scanning your system when you visit their website

Something that caught my attention on The Register today – eBay appears to be port scanning computers of their users when they connect to the website.

Potentially, they are doing this to try and prevent those with malware from using their service in an attempt to decrease fraud? It does raise some concerns though. Is what they are doing legal? I know that if I started port-scanning eBay, it definitely would not be considered legal, so why can they do it?

When you visit their website, JavaScript code is executed within your browser which attempts to probe various ports on your system. This JavaScript is executed locally within your browser, so bypasses any restrictions you have in your router firewall. Not only are they testing these ports without consent of their users, but the test being executed is ran locally on a users machine (from within the users network), so is potentially revealing network services that are not even exposed to the outside-world.

In the article written by The Register, it appears they are testing at least 13 different ports. This data then appears to be sent to ThreatMetrix, who are no doubt helping collate this information for eBay.

If you haven’t got a JavaScript blocking plugin installed in your browser (such as NoScript), now is definitely the time to consider installing one. There is no legitimate reason they should be doing this. This is a step too far.