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Thanks for the heads-up. We identified and blocked the suspicious activity as of last morning. Most of their URLs are already returning errors :http://instructables.xyz/id/How-To-Use-The-Instructables-For-iPhone-App/http://instructables.xyz/member/Aleator777/http://instructables.xyz/about/contact.jsphttp://www.instructab.com/advertise/http://www.instructables.xyz/contest/workshopofthefuture/For the ones that still work, it's a matter of time until they don't. Our engineering team is working on a solution to identify and eliminate this kind of activity faster in the future.
Thanks for the feedback!The thing that will catch most unsuspecting users is the fact that a simple typo or incomplete address might get you to these spammers.And with the direct copy of all current content it is hard to spot the fake.I was only to identify them as fake after a Whois check.
I just found another site that also looks very suspicious:
Oh Oh. I think I may have logged into this page. More than once. :(
I will have to be more careful in the future. I was not aware of this type of scam, so thank you for the heads up.
And btw, I just typed the .xyz address into the search box and it took me to the page, so it is still there. (posting this at 12:00 pm EST, September 8)
Thanks for the heads up on this, and please do continue to pass these along when you find them. We take phishing schemes seriously, and so do our lawyers.
We're currently in the process of dismantling this website both technically and legally. Future scams like this will almost certainly appear, but this one will be going away soon. Thanks again!
(Have you seen dmjlambert's comment?)
I just found a link to instructables.xyz in google results this evening. It is not dismantled.
Sites with xyz at the suffix pop up more frequently now and so far I have not found a single one that was fully legal.Problem is that even Instructables.com would like to do something about it, there is very little chance of doing so.Starts with the servers in use, being a hoster known to tolerate all sorts of illegal content :(
Definitely seriously suspicious.
I've passed your concerns on to HQ, but it's silly o'clock at night in California as I type - give them a few hours to respond.
Looks like someone is up to mischief. .xyz is a some sort of alternative to .com as many .coms are blocked in China. The site has to be registered with .xyz so who did that, would be a good question. Maybe the instructbles staff registered the site.
Posted:Aug 13, 2015
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