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"Web forgery"?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tony_d, May 10, 2016.

  1. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    Has anyone ever had this happen?

    A site that I put online just a few days ago has been flagged as a "web forgery" by Firefox, and when users try to access it, it shows the following warning;

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    What triggers that message?

    It's a perfectly legitimate site, no forgery/phishing or any other bs going on.

    How does one solve that issue?

    EDIT: Chrome also says "deceptive content ahead"...
    This is rather odd - I've never had this happen before.
     
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  2. CallmeReaz

    CallmeReaz Junior Member

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    I always thought that it was users who reported web forgeries?

    Do you think someone could / would have done it deliberately?

    You can report an incorrect forgery on Chrome Here - It's a Google page but I suspect that the Chrome / Firefox system is actually the same thing.
     
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  3. fostdecile

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    I'm guessing your site have a built-in payment being implemented.

    Were you visitors being directed to a "https" site or not?
    Do you have an SSL certificate?

    It could be that the payment is deemed "not secure" by the browsers.
     
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    It seems you're site strucked with Malwares :) or injected some one by messy user permissions.
    If you want, I can help you with it :)
     
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  5. Ambassy

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    Yes this has happened COUNTLESS of times to my sites in various "fake" niches.

    If I were you I'd submit for reapproval - in my experience these are processed within a couple of days.
     
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    Your website has been flagged unsafe by built-in protection system of Firefox. The probable reason could be suspected phishing site, or a site designed to steal user data.

    Maybe you need to start with a fresh domain. I guess it's an expired domain that you've picked up?
     
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  7. tony_d

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    Thanks all for the useful replies.

    It's a brand new site (literally a few DAYS old), not even ranked yet - so the chances of any competitor even knowing about it are not even calculable...


    No payment on the site - it's just basically a whole bunch of text with a few youtube videos embedded.
    No SSL cert, but that shouldn't be grounds for a 'forgery' flag! None of my sites have ever had SSL, and they've been fine.

    Thanks for the suggestion - I've been through the code line by line, and I can't see anything out of place.
    The only thing I can think of is a hosting company compromise, but, I checked other sites hosted on the same IP as mine and they don't have the same issue.

    I am not in a 'fake' niche, or anything even remotely shady - it's 100% clean... I have already submit a review request, though.

    Not an expired name - it was a brand new domain, never before registered.
     
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    That's weird and am quite interested on what could cause this. Please let us know if you've managed to fix it and how
     
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    Hey Tony, check whether you've inadvertently re-registered an expired domain, I've had that happen in the past in a positive way, I found that someone had already built some backlinks for a domain I considered to be new. Excluding some fuck up at Mozilla, it's the only logical explanation to me.
     
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  10. tony_d

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    Yeah - that was one of the first things I thought of, but it appears to be a virgin domain.

    I've today decided to just abandon that domain, and that hosting account.
    I've setup the site on a new domain on a new host, so, let's see what happens from here.
     
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    Maybe your website was hacked and contains malware? or maybe your web hosting account had a bad reputation?
     
  12. globalseopoint

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    As far as I know this is based on user interactions. But you can get it removed by contacting the chrome team.
     
  13. Ambassy

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    Whether or not you are is besides the point.
    It doesn't take much to trigger these things - the mention of a brand name along with a similar favicon can be enough to be marked as a phishing site.

    Anyways, starting from a fresh domain like you have done seems to be a good option. Especially since a lot of web blockers get influenced by the same source as firefox/chrome (which I believe is google) but often tend to lack behind in removing the web forgery mark (MalwareBytes kept a site of mine in their blocked sites database several weeks after the browsers stopped blocking it).
     
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  14. ficfroc

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    HI tony,

    If you are using a 301 to your landing 'website' , make sure that the 301'ed isn't flagged, because starting with a fresh domain won't fix the issue if it's the 301 that is flagged.

    Good luck
     
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  15. TurnedToTheDarkSide

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    I see you have ditched the domain and hosting, but use this for future reference:

    Firefox get their data from Google and stopbadware.org

    You can see if your site is flagged by Google here: https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/index.html
    And check here to see if you are flagged on Stop Badware: https://www.stopbadware.org/clearinghouse/search

    Once you know which list you are blacklisted by, use the relevant form below to request review (assuming there is nothing wrong with your site).

    http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_error/?tpl=mozilla

    http://www.stopbadware.org/home/reviewinfo
     
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