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The links on the page were to various email addresses. is a free-email service owned by Before the time of the WTC attacks, those email addresses has already been suspended as being linked to spamming by the people who run the mail server.
I suspect that those addresses were bogus from the start anyway. If they were important for the operation of 'the business', they wouldn't have used a free-email service. They would know that adresses would be nuked very soon after the spam runs for the site began. They even had the cheek to list an abuse contact. There's a story behind that one (it used to be, but that's not particularly relevant here.

The apparent 'Free Hosting' business is just a front for a specialist spamming operation. The front allows the spammers a measure of plausible deniability if the heat built up too much on one of the sub-spams. If pressed by some entity that they would have to respond to (like an ISP or a registry), they could claim that they had been taken advantage of by a client.

They have recently added a layer of plausibility by amending the contact email addresses to their own domain. They have now hidden the fact that for many weeks, the contact addresses were bogus.


Plausible deniability?

Given :

  • the history presented here
  • the multiplicity of domain names with different declared (forged) registrants
  • the fact that the 'viacream' spammer directory was left on the server even after things got hot and the Red Cross fraud page was deleted from that directory
  • the fact that their stated business model is one of them offering free hosting in return for payments for building and maintenance of the pages

- their involvement in premeditated, systematic fraud is not particularly deniable.



At various stages, they attempted to divert attention by petending that the host had been taken down by an ISP. For example on September 18th , showed a page that simply displayed "This site was disabled!" - a really lame attempt to avoid complaints by convincing the unwary that action has been taken! Everything beneath it, which would be the pages that are being spamvertised, was still operating.

Unfortunately, as will be seen from my exchanges with DirectNIC, this sort of lame trick can work if the the brief of the person looking at it is to drop the matter as soon as excuse to do so can be found.


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