Desmogblog sinks into murk

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

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


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?

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12 Thoughts on “Desmogblog sinks into murk

  1. David on 23/09/2012 at 7:35 am said:

    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 23/09/2012 at 12:17 pm said:

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

  3. Bob D on 23/09/2012 at 1:53 pm said:

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

  4. Andy on 23/09/2012 at 4:48 pm said:

    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. Stanley on 23/09/2012 at 5:30 pm said:

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

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

  6. Rob Taylor on 24/09/2012 at 9:56 am said:

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

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

  7. Andy on 24/09/2012 at 10:22 am said:

    Thanks Rob, I checked their Facebook page and it leads to a list of “related searches”

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

    No sign of the old site

  8. Andy on 24/09/2012 at 10:29 am said:

    The keywords in the page source are interesting

    All about cash advance and credit refinance

    Definitely a hack, I’d say

    • Andy on 24/09/2012 at 10:37 am said:

      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 24/09/2012 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. David on 24/09/2012 at 11:49 am said:

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

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