Desmogblog sinks into murk

via Watts Up With That?.

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Jim Hoggan’s flagship propaganda outlet, releaser of the Gleick stolen files, Desmogblog.com – is D.O.A.

Go to their site and you get an advertisement from their domain name registrar.

UPDATE 23 SEP 1230 PM NZST

Ralph, in a comment, advises that the site is up again. But when I visit there’s no real site there. Just plain-text climate links which lead to lists of plain-text advertisements. It’s not real.

Where have they gone?

12 Thoughts on “Desmogblog sinks into murk

  1. Perhaps the letter from Heartlands Lawyers arrived regarding Gleicks lies?
    Or maybe it’s simply that no one actually visits it, as the Alexa data indicates.

  2. ralph selman on September 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

    I just checked the website and it is up with the usual trash.

  3. The DNS servers take time to update apparently, perhaps we’ll see it up again soon too.

  4. John Lefebvre is the chief benefactor of DeSmogBlog, and has an interesting history other than being some kind of musician

    Lefevre first garnered public attention in 1999, when he co-founded NETeller (now known as Neovia), an online money transfer facility. Though a publicly traded UK company, the firm’s involvement in transactions serving the then-fledgling online gambling sector led to U.S. charges of possible money laundering against the company and his arrest in January 2007.[4] Lefebvre plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to conduct illegal Internet gambling transactions and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify if necessary

  5. It’s gone now. Just a note saying the domain WAS registered at ‘namecheap.com”.

    LeFebvre sounds like he would have become a carbon trader in this enlightened age. Might have gone down the tubes.

  6. Rob Taylor on September 24, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

    Desmogblog are active on Facebook, maybe that is their new home?

    http://www.facebook.com/DeSmogBlog

    I also recommend their excellent book, “Climate Cover-up”.

    http://www.amazon.com/Climate-Cover-Up-Crusade-Global-Warming/dp/1553654854/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348437306&sr=1-1

  7. Thanks Rob, I checked their Facebook page and it leads to a list of “related searches”
    http://www.desmogblog.com/

    Each of those links leads to a bunch of paid Google ads

    No sign of the old site

  8. The keywords in the page source are interesting

    All about cash advance and credit refinance

    Definitely a hack, I’d say

    • These link only sites are also known as MFA – made for adwords.
      The hackers will be generating quite a bit of revenue from people clicking on the sponsored links

  9. Rob Taylor on September 24, 2012 at 11:22 am said:

    In a way, that’s flattering for DeSmogBlog – it must be a popular site to warrant being taken over by hackers for for click farming…

  10. Popular? The evidence on Alexa suggests otherwise. But you dont worry about evidence eh Rob

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