May 30, 2006

Housing Bubble Blogs Under Attack!


Will Housing Panic be next?

Readers - I've been made aware that three housing bubble blogs, hosted on blogger (blogspot) have been attacked and taken down today:

http://overvalued.blogspot.com
http://thereisnohousingbubble.blogspot.com
http://crash2006.blogspot.com

These sites are now redirected to spam sites. There may be others, and the attack may be ongoing.

I've changed my password on blogger, am logged in to avoid a logout, and backed up my code, however, the real risk may be the archives. I'd hate to lose those.

If anyone has any further advice, or know how to contact a human at blogger, please post here. I've been thinking of moving off of blogger, and have housingpanic.com, just don't have the time or wherewithal to do the move. Again - any advice appreciated. You can't just pick up the phone and call blogger unfortunately - there is no there there.

Yes, we are going up against some big forces and big $$$ - the NAR, millions of soon to be unemployed realtors, the entire corrupt Real Estate Industrial Complex. I'm surprised it's taken this long to attack us.

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's on!!!

Anonymous said...

also, the News from America's Bubbletowns blog is gone.

Lets not talk about it so it won't happen!

Anonymous said...

Fucking cunts. They know this housing shit is about to die and they are doing everything they can to avoid being a greeter at Wal*Mart.

Anonymous said...

http://www.enaghbeg.com/ is down!!!

Dogcrap Green said...

Kieth

Give me $100,000

and your blog won't crash

Dogcrap Green said...

Kieth,

When you sign on to one of you advertisers - don't be stupid and use "Housing Panic" in the email, or thr same password you have here.

I had folks try to hack into my gambling accounts to steal my money. Advertisers seeking your pass word were my prime suspects

Anonymous said...

keith:
give me all your gold..and no hacking , promise

autofx in Phx said...

Maybe go to a forum format. Invision hosting, something like that.

Anonymous said...

Find a unix machine (Solaris, Linux, OSX, even windows with Cygwin). Use the wget program to recusively get the directories and subdirectories of this blog and save it to a local directory.

Try browsing to this local directory. It probably won't work entirely because you don't have the blogger display engine and many of the links point to blogger.com but it could serve as an emergency backup of the text content. Hire a unix/linux/solaris expert to write a script to replace the links or ask the webspace provider if they have a blogger compatible engine.

Anonymous said...

overpriceddc.blogspot.com is showing some spam page ...

panicearly said...

keith, if you want to preserve all the
posts, you may be able to use a ripper soft like this one http://www.tucows.com/preview/398768
its free for 30 days.
if you are not familiar, its for offline browsing.
it will follow all links on your site and down load everything. you can set it to only follow links within your domain, so it doenst go all over the net. its a crude way to do it but, it works.

Anonymous said...

Keith,

One of the spam sites talks about opportunities to 'work from home'. The irony being that very soon, most of these people won't have homes to work from anymore. Unless, of course, they mean working from a cardboard box under a bridge...

panicearly said...

http://tinyurl.com/rf7u7

here are a few more software titles.
you can set them to do exactly what you need them to do. after downloading your site, you should have a working
replica on your pc. you can even set it to down load changes once a day.
website extractor is very good.

pleasant_guy said...

Keith,
This blog is part of history now...so better save them.

Download your archieve files NOW! Burn it on a DVD. Back it up everyday if you can. Goodluck!

Anonymous said...

Get a good lawyer NOW. One like Cochran that loves publicity and isn't afraid of controversy... they may sue the attackers and work for their cut. Make this attack know to the public asap!! Contact Hot Property and Abrams Report.

Los Angeles Friends In Deed said...

Kieth...

Maybe the NAR has something to do with attempting to silence housing bubble blogs.

Perhaps the NAR may come knocking on your email door with an offer you can't refuse or that they hope you won't refuse.

Can you imagine if the NAR started offering money to buy peoples housing bubble blogs. Once they took it over, then they could do with it what they want.

Anonymous said...

Did we need any more evidence that the phrase "realtor ethics" is an oxymoron? Or that realtors are morons?

Sheesh.

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David said...

I am investigating.

David
Bubble Meter Blog

Anonymous said...

Hi Keith,

Anyone with access to the hosting company can put a redirect on your URL to another URL, while hiding the real URL of the second. Kids, hackers, do this kind of crap. So do careless employees.

You need to call your hosting company and make sure they lock your site.

If you go to overvalued.blogspot.com, which takes you to something else, right click on the page and select "view source," you will see that this HTML page for Atlanta real estate HAS, near the bottom, the HTML coding for overvalued.blogspot.com. In other words, somebody (or a computer) has rigged the page to accept the redirects.

The hosting company is the most probable suspect, and in any event, the only power that can fix the problem (assuming the company hasn't done this on purpose), which can be done in a matter of seconds or minutes. If all the sites in question are part of the same blog company, then there's your answer. You can probably find an address and phone number by using your own computer's Interest search feature.

Anonymous said...

Following up on what I just wrote, this is not necessarily indicative of a virus or anything of the sort. I looks like a standard re-direct, with cloaking of the URL of site to which the redirect is made.

Anonymous said...

its a common advertiser.

Anonymous said...

Note the address for the title title="Commercial Real Estate" href="http://overvalued.blogspot.com/atom.xml

Anonymous said...

there is a program you can use with Windows to suck down an entire site and all the links:

Web Site Ripper:

http://www.download.com/Website-Ripper-Copier/3000-2377_4-10358535.html

Anonymous said...

there is a program you can use with Windows to suck down an entire site and all the links:

Web Site Ripper:

http://www.download.com/Website-Ripper-Copier/3000-2377_4-10358535.html

Anonymous said...

The whole mortgage industry is corrupt, this doesn't surprise me.

My friend went to work for a company that asked me to send out spam for them (unsolicited). I told him no way, my isp would shut me down. They found a company in China that would do it for them though.

They even send junk faxes to fax machines.

So corrupt. Lets push these ridiculous housing mortgages to people who cannot afford them, no doc, no problem! They will be in default in a few monthes.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said ...

"there is a program you can use with Windows to suck down an entire site and all the links:

"Web Site Ripper:

"http://www.download.com/Website-Ripper-Copier/3000-2377_4-10358535.html "

This doesn't take down a site, it just copies it.

keith said...

i'm ripping the full site right now using the tucows website ripper program - i'll let you know if that works. worst case I'd get the blog up and running at www.housingpanic.com while I figure out how to fix the http://housingpanic.blogspot.com account

I'm not a techie though, so hopefully won't be called into action!

anyone see any more bubble blogs down? I think we're up to 5

keith said...

rip didn't work

blogger offers advice on how to backup but looks dangerous..

any other bloggers working this issue post here or email me

Anonymous said...

"The hosting company is the most probable suspect, and in any event, the only power that can fix the problem (assuming the company hasn't done this on purpose), which can be done in a matter of seconds or minutes. If all the sites in question are part of the same blog company"

-so we should suspect an insider at google/blogger/blogspot?

Conspiracy McGee said...

how about emailing the people who run these blogs, huh

Anonymous said...

All you need to do is this assuming you have a command line wget available:


wget -r http://housingpanic.blogspot.com

It will pull the whole damned thing recursively. Anyone with a fast connection, linux, unix, or cygwin can do this.

keith said...

while I figure this out, anyone in the HP community with tech savvy that can create a mirror of this site, you're more than welcome. Then if we go down, email me at housingpanic@yahoo.com and let me know you have a copy

cheers

ugh!

fricking Real Estate Industrial Complex

Anonymous said...

Conspiracy McGee said...

"how about emailing the people who run these blogs, huh"

They don't all have e-mail addresses on site.

The owners may not be aware of the redirects, though they might notice a sudden bump in the number of visitors they're getting. However, the new visitors won't be staying, so it will be a momentary thrill.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"'The hosting company is the most probable suspect, and in any event, the only power that can fix the problem (assuming the company hasn't done this on purpose), which can be done in a matter of seconds or minutes. If all the sites in question are part of the same blog company'

"-so we should suspect an insider at google/blogger/blogspot?"

Yes, thought not necessarily someone being malicious. It could just be a mistake.

In any event, it's easy to fix by the hosting company. Keith probably does not need to copy the site (Google should have it already), just contact the host and have it locked. This takes only a second.

He also needs to notify the company about the other blogs. There may be a reasonable explanation.

Anonymous said...

He also needs to notify the company about the other blogs. There may be a reasonable explanation. "

I think David Lereah got sick of being called "the corrupt david lereah"

Los Angeles Friends In Deed said...

OT...

I wonder if real estate appraisors take incentive information when looking at "comperable" sales. And if they do, I wonder what they do with the data.

And even if they do, I wonder how much of that information is available to them. From what I understand, "incentives" do not get listed on the sales statistics.

Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Here Keith,

Go to this URL to report what's happening with the other sites, and to ask what to do>

http://tinyurl.com/nmjyl

keith said...

well i'm hoping we won't see an attack.. thanks all for the advice... i'll try to get time to move this blog to the direct url, until now, we're bloggering it

I'd love to find out who was behind today's attack on the other sites - they're still not up and running...

Who dunnit said...

I blog from a pretty secure network. Two of the redirected pages are also trying to open up Microsoft.com, so there may be more to this than a simple redirect hack.

Who do you suppose is behind this campain to prevent real news on the economic crash? My guess is the chicom's but it could be any party with a lot of $$$ at risk. From the way they are only redirecting, to RE friendly sites, maybe it is just script kiddies who are in too deep on a flip or two. Just maybe

Anonymous said...

Kieth,

Which other sites are hit. You listed 3 but said there are more.

Danger danger said...

Keith,

Beware of free software. I lost my home computer when I tried to install a free house design program. These free downloads are awful tempting and the hackers know it.

keith said...

attacked bubble sites appear to be:

http://overvalued.blogspot.com

http://thereisnohousingbubble.blogspot.com

http://crash2006.blogspot.com

http://www.enaghbeg.com/Housing_crash/bubbletown_news.html

overpriceddc.blogspot.com

any others?

a well coordinated and planned attack for sure. the bubble blog 9/11

rentboy said...

KEITH..

YOU ARE SO FUNNY MAN...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND VISISTED DAILY!!!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Dre's NWA said, "FUCK THE POLICE"

Anonymous said...

Let's attack the NAR and other Realtor® sites!

Chris G said...

Better yet, alert the media. Contact the newspapers and radio stations, and let them know that some corrupt fools are shutting down these blogs to silence what is going on in the housing market.

Nothing talks like bad publicity for the corrupt realtors, brokers, and anybody else who wants to snowjob their clientele. This will backfire on them big time.

Let's give them some "Shock and Awe", housing market style!

uknowwhoiyam said...

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Anonymous said...

MEDIA ALERT! that is the best idea!

Anonymous said...

ahhh...you liberal Dems HAVE to blame somebody always.

plastic said...

Need a computer geek? I'm sure one of these regular posters has a teenage son in as room down the hall who can do anything you need him to.

Anonymous said...

Keith, move your blog to GoDaddy.com for hosting: $3.95/mo

David Lereah said...

Ha, ha, ha. Teach you to mess with us punks!

Anonymous said...

RUN TOTO !..It's falling houses and flying monkey attacks...

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