Archives For January 2007

When writing about the stalkertrack myspace tracker scam I didn’t speak about the service in itself, as users are promised access to it, but will never ever receive it from stalkertrack.com. But the whole issue of profile trackers at Myspace is indeed interesting and worth an extra post. At the Washington Post Security Fix Brian Krebs covered that a few months ago, but only gave a vague idea about the technical details and possibilities on myspace.

There are two different kind of myspace tracking services out there. Those who go with the Myspace TOS and those who don’t. The legitimate services (like profilesnitch.com) can only show the data that every homepage owner can gather from his visitors: the visitors location (via ip), time, operating system, etc. The latter ones can show you the profile nickname, picture and even the registered email address of every myspace user visiting your profile on top! This surely is a serious privacy leakage that myspace needs to fix permanently. The illegitimate services are only stopped from working, as Myspace manually deactivates them, as their hide-and-seek continues. Using custom hosted scripts (available via ebay (1, 2) and other scripts that are not publicly sold like “Project Tenyer” the script used by stalkertrack.com, you can circumvent this limitation and host the scripts yourself. Continue Reading…

We’ve seen myspace phishing attempts before and all the email scams before relied on sending the user to a myspace-lookalike site where he was asked to login. Now a new scam is threatening the myspace community. And this time the bad guys upgraded to web2.0 and took phishing, spamming and viral marketing techniques to create a new dangerous mashup.
You have probably seen the following messages in the myspace comments lately: “See who is spying on your MySpace page! Start tracking your profile lurkers!” or “Hey, I can see who looks at my profile! Now you can see everyone who looks at your MySpace page! Click here to start tracking your profile visitors!Stalkertrack posting on Myspace

If friends recommend you use such a service, you certainly want to check that out. Clicking the linked URL downloadthefox.net redirects you to www.stalkertrack.com/super/ where you are promised a myspace-tool to “Track viewers who viewed your page and give you their: Picture, Username, Link to their page, and when (date) they viewed your page!“. Users don’t like to read, so they’ll most likely forget to take note that the site says that the tool is not yet released and they’re not signing up for the service but just entering their myspace login data in a “Tracker Promoter Form”. After submitting your login details you will not be given any other information, you simply will be redirected to a page showing some ads. Stalkertrack will then use your personal myspace-account to comment on all your friends pages, so they’ll be fooled as well, helping stalkertrack.com’s network grow bigger and bigger.

If you read the fine print you’ll be told the whole thruth:

“Terms of Use / Privacy Policy:

By filling out this form, you authorize us to spread the word
about this 100% real and ONLY working profile viewer. You will receive your
share of the credit in helping us launch the tracker. This is a harmless
profile tracker site that is coming soon looking to spread the word about our plans!

We do not share your private information with any third parties.
We do not “SPAM” people with commercial messages nor do we
collect any information to be used outside the scope of this
free tell-a-friends promotion! This is not a “phishing” site
that attempts to “trick” you into revealing personal information.
Everything we do with your information is disclosed here.

We may do a combination of the following based on your friends’ interest.
1. Temporarily access your MySpace account for the following purpose(s).
2. Post “tracker information” bulletins in the appropriate section.
3. Comment your friends about this tracker.
4. Introduce new entertaining sites.

This is a free service. You will not be asked to pay at any time.
You will not be subscribed to anything asking for payment.
This service is made possible by many hours of human effort.

Result: There are currently more than 1.4 million myspace-profiles indexed by google that show one of these two messages. It’s not easy to estimate the number of myspace-accounts stalkertrack.com was able to phish and the curious visitors pushed the site up to an Alexa rank in the Top 5000. The simple nature of this scam is easy to copy so other evil marketers will surely get even more viral ideas for distribution. This is a new threat, that we’ll definitely see in increasing numbers in the future.
Conclusion: Even if they say it isn’t: Stalkertrack will abuse your phished Myspace-Account to spam all your friends profiles with advertisements for their not-yet-working service and other ‘entertaining sites’. If you’ve entered your login at stalkertrack.com, change your password immediately and check your friends comments area, if ‘you’ have already spammed it. Send this link to your friends, if they’ve posted an advert for stalkertrack in your comments area, so that they can stop the people that spam using identity. Myspace will hopefully remove all the Stalkertrack postings and inform the users later, but if you don’t trust myspace, do it yourself.

If you want to remove comments made by stalkertrack-infected users you’ll see that you can’t do so with your Internet Explorer, because the hackers used some nasty tricks. You’ll need to install a safe browser like to easily delete these nasty comments.
German article about Stalkertrack is on gulli.com