Monday, June 19, 2006

Spyware Fighter Webhelper Under Attack

Spyware DollarRevenue has targetted the web site of Webhelper. Webhelper has been fighting spyware for several years. First as one of the researchers for Lavasoft's Ad Aware, and now as a spyware researcher for Sunbelt Software . He has his own site called, which lists much of his work. Lists of many bad web sites for CoolWebSearch, SmitFraud, and many other bad sites to avoid are listed there.

This is posted on his site right now:

As of June 16, 2006, I have been under a DDos attack from a trojan installer that began using which was called from one of the Russian VladZone gangs sites and which with my current hosting company, I cannot block the attacks which in 3 days went over 125 Gig in bandwidth usage of my alloted 200Gig per month. They are putting url addressess to free web pages designed to load my sites pages as if they were images and with the use of a trojan from the VladZone and bundled in infestations, I cannot and will not put all my time into fighting groups that have been running since 2003 and authorities around the world have not been able to stop.

While most people outside of the antispyware community probably don't know him, his work has been the basis for many antispyware programs, like Ad Aware, and block lists. By attacking him, it seems that DollarRevenue is trying to silence him. This tactic has been used before. Popular antispyware site has been attacked like this before. So has Castle Cops, Spybot Search and Destroy's site, and (the maker of Hijackthis).