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Website Hosting, Legality, and Blackhatworld

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Lawlerskates, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Lawlerskates

    Lawlerskates Junior Member

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    So I've taken it upon myself that I need to purchase web hosting myself instead of using free hosting services such as blogspot sites (which have served me well before, making me $100+ per day). I think I'm ready to make the next move and really open my options.

    But a lot of blackhat tactics (many of which I'll be using) are illegal. Streaming TV Shows, hosting cracks and pirated files, maybe watermark things I didn't make which lead to my site.

    What If I'm not doing anything illegal on the site itself - but what if I do illegal things which lead to my site? (posting pictures that don't belong to me which I watermark for traffic and monetary gain).

    I don't think I've ever really worried about this before - I've exploited illegal activities (mainly game piracy related) on Blogspots and those sites still remain and I still make money off of it.

    Are my worries baseless? I just don't want to be making good money just to have to face some sort of lawsuit or go to jail.
     
  2. satyawrat

    satyawrat Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I hosted such shit on hostgator/jumpline/bluehost/dreamhost
    and in all the cases my accnt was suspended within a week.

    What Now?
    I host all my host shit on my dedi in Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg.
    PS: They were high bandwidth eater, so maybe that was one of the reason...
     
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  3. trophaeum

    trophaeum Senior Member

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    cracks/keygens = bad, get russian hosting for them, the rest of what you mentioned, if you have a good provider (bhw is on volumedrive.com, we have ZERO issues with them and this site) and comply with dmca requests your fine
     
  4. Lawlerskates

    Lawlerskates Junior Member

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    Thank you, this is good to know. But let's take it a step further...

    What if none of what I mentioned was actually on my site. What if my site only linked to other sites that had this, or hell - for the sake of argument -it doesn't actually have anything illegal - but only appears to before filling out a survey. Obviously this won't bring in people back - but blackhat methods typically don't rely on honesty.

    What if I was censoring (covering T&A with my site name) and watermarking porn that I have no right to and uploaded it to various sites that don't care about that sort of thing. What is the likelyhood of someone of authority thinking "Hm, this is illegal. Even though he doesn't actually have any of this hosted on his site - he's making money off of it. We don't even have to get his IP, it's obvious if we contacted the Proxy Provider that hides his domain on WHOIS, we'd have his IP and we can get him in trouble".


    Or is it simply one of those cases where nobody really cares enough about that sort of thing because it's so rampant upon the internet anyways? In which case the only thing I have to hide myself from is the CPA Network itself



    And for reference, I'm currently on hostgator.