The FBI's Megaupload Domains Are Now Hosting Porn Ads

from the well,-they-have-some-experience dept

Well, we know the FBI is particularly adept at hosting porn on the internet. After all, just a few days ago it was revealed that in the short time it was running a child porn site as a honeypot, it actually made the site run much faster. But now Torrentfreak points us to the news that some other FBI sites are serving up porn as well, though mostly out of FBI incompetence, rather than competence. Apparently the domain the FBI was using for its nameservers for the domains it seized from Megaupload expired, and someone else snapped it up and redirected all the sites using those nameservers to advertisements basically for porn. So, the FBI is now essentially pointing people to porn via Megaupload.

Here’s the really amazing thing, though: this is not the first time this has happened. The same exact thing happened last year for Megaupload.com. And after Torrentfreak reported on that, the FBI removed the namerservers completely. But just for the .com. The rest of the Megaupload domains continued pointing to the same nameserver… and the domain for that nameserver expired again and has been snapped up by another company pushing porn sites.

Now, the FBI apologists will argue that this is no big deal. Obviously, the FBI didn’t do this on purpose. But it certainly does continue to raise questions about the FBI’s competence on tech matters. Why the hell were they using nameservers that they either didn’t control in the first place, or that were held by someone so incompetent that they were allowed to expire and be snapped up by someone else? Having nameserver domains expire is not a particularly common occurrence. Maybe it’s time for the FBI to admit that seizing websites isn’t exactly a core competence. Unless it’s operating child porn websites. Then, apparently, it has super skills.

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Pronounce (profile) says:

Our Government Highly Developed Peter Principle

Under the heading it’s not a bug, but a feature. The U.S. government has to maintain a certain level of incompetence in which to have a ready supply of scapegoat to which it can attach blame for the inevitable failures that are sure to happen and result in the general ill health and well being for many Americans.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: honeypot

Well your post is still here, so kudos.

Unless your taking some pretty severe measures, they already pwn you. They don’t need TD. Contracted freelancers on the other hand may kludge up all sorts of things.

My guess is that most of the attacks related to TD going on for the past week were from people more interested in supression than detection. Which is to say, probably freelancers working for benefactors of the HRC campaign.

I expect the conversion went like this:

Tech: “We’ve been compromised, because your lackys didn’t read the infosec policy I sent out last week”

HRC: “AAaaack! Those damned hackers, HACK THEM BACK! Hack Everybody! Where’s that damned big red button!”

Marine: “You don’t have access to the football yet”

HRC: “Aaaack! Then hack them back, hack EVERYBODY who doesn’t like me!”

Tech: “Or I’m fired right?”

HRC: “Right! Or your fired!”

Tech: “OooooKay. Just wanted to make sure. Tell you what, here is a new secure email server, and these are a few email addresses of people who can help you with that”.

And that is how we got the current scandal.

That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: Re:

If so it didn’t actually appear to do them any good.

In the article that mentioned their optimization of the site the defense pointed out that despite drastically speeding it up, and massively increasing the viewing and downloading of child porn the number of people they’d charged was no higher than the number they had info for the same day they took control of the site/servers, meaning it didn’t appear that they gained anything they didn’t already have from running the site and making it run better for two weeks.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

” meaning it didn’t appear that they gained anything they didn’t already have from running the site”

Did anyone check the IPs that accessed the site during that time? I mean maybe if there was any or even an increase in FBI owned IPs then they could have done some research or increased their database of picture which then get banned via their hash by free to use email providers scanning all your email content.

GEMont (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Methinks it night indeed just be standard operational procedure actually.

Its probably policy that once the Feds control any porn site, it should be brought up to speed by their techies in order to insure the best possible configuration and thus, the most profittable operation.

After all, if you’re planning to run these sites profitably, its always best to use your many “paid-for-by-tax-payers” experts to upgrade the “confiscated” systems to optimum functionality for optimum proceeds procurement.

In my opinion, this whole operation is just another public robbery type money maker, like asset forfeiture.

In fact, it would surprise me not one whit, to learn that the CIAF BINSA was secretly controlling and profitting from hundreds of similarily “confiscated” child porn sites, in their oft-mentioned war to “save the children”.

In fact, it could explain why porn sites are so prolific on the web and why they appear to be impossible to be rid of.

Federal mandate. 🙂

GEMont (profile) says:

New Policy: Fighting Fire With Fire - Cops steal jobs from crooks.

Then, apparently, it has super skills.

Sounds like just one more way the tri-letter agents and other bad cops can make a few extra bucks off the record.

In fact, considering their track record, the whole plan was likely to get the porn sites under the guise of “upholding the law” and “going after evil kiddie pornographers” and then once the public’s short term memory failed, “let the domain registries expire” so that tri-letter operatives could buy up the domains as private citizens and profit, profit, profit.

Who’s gonna know eh.

After all, once the cops become more concerned about capturing the proceeds of crime than they are about capturing the perpetrators of crime, the next logical step is for the “LEO” types to simply take over the whole operation of every criminal enterprise they find and run it as a private business whose proceeds go directly to the tri-letter agencies and their happy members.

Funding problems solved! Mortgages paid. New cars in drive ways. Kids’ college tuition paid. So many wonderful things can be provided by the revenue from such legally allowed illicit operations.

Better the proceeds of crime go towards improving the lives of our tri-letter good guys, rather then improving the lives of the evil bad guys.

The cops are, after all is said and done, just fighting fire with fire. 🙂

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