Back on February 15th, 2014 I posted the fact that this site was experiencing a week of heavy hack attempts. Those attempts have not slowed down any. In fact I am seeing between 100 to 150 hack attempts per IP Address on a daily basis. I will not go into full detail of the hack attempts, except to say that each IP that is being used costs anywhere from seventy-five cents to one dollar. We are talking $150 per day. That is $1050 per week and $4650 per 31 calendar days. That is lot of money to try and hack my server and other sites I hosted there. This uptick in hack attempts is the most I have ever seen in the years I have worked in Online Marketing.
I did notice that the major hack attempts started in the early morning hours of Feb 11th. I didn’t put the pieces together with how significant of date this was until early this morning. I had been advised that Acteva had posted job openings for workers in India on Feb 12th. I didn’t even think to tie the two together. They seemed like two unrelated series of events. That was until, late yesterday when I was alerted to onlinertips(dot)org. It seems that Ed Lemire has a post on this site. I first I chuckled at the fact until I looked down at the bottom of the site and found this, “Proudly brought to you by Acteva”. That is right Acteva bought and is operating a new site. They were running adsense on it too. Adsense is a way to run ads on site and make money each time somebody clicks on the ad. I ran the whois on the site and found that this domain was bought on Feb 12th. It was also set to private registration. Buying the domain for a year and making it a private registration is $20.00.
It does seem like Acteva has money to spend on themselves. While onlinertips is did not cost more than $20.00, that money could have been used in a better manner. If it is Acteva that is behind the attacks to my site, and I truly feel that it is them, that money should be going to the people they owe. I have noticed some new events being handled by Acteva, so it would seem that the new money coming in is being used to by Acteva and as I was told last week, not going to the person they collected the money for. The sad irony is the people I am trying to warn to drop Acteva are the same ones enabling them to try and bring my site down. I moved this site to a different server, and I am now seeing a different type of hack that I will not go into. I don’t want to tip my hand, but I do see it.