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Let's talk about the problem with ColoCrossing engaging in fake reviews to increase the reputation of their company in search.
25 Google Reviews. 4.0 out of possible 5.0 score.
What do we find?
A pile of shills. A bunch of reviews that are not reviews but Biloh telling his partners, friends and employees/contractors to review favorably.
#1 = Iranian owner and long term Iran peering on CC's network. Sindad
Morteza Soltani in the last week I have been using Colocrossing for a 5 years and can tell you that their service is the highest quality. The costumer service is very quick to answer any questions or problems you might have. I will recommend them to anyone who is looking for a reliable colocation service. #2 = Sepehr Safadar another most likely Iranian
Sepehr Safadar a week ago Have been working with ColoCrossing for four years and it has proven to be a reliable company with high quality and stable services and knowledgeable and skilled team which is quite rare in today's market. #3 = CJ Sculti, 18 year old hacker and IP range hijacker. Known lately for hijacking China range containing IP 184.108.40.206, see http:/220.127.116.11 to see what this guy is about.
Long time mass IP blocked by Spamhaus, for spam and abuse: https://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/listings/datawagon.net
Here's that 18.104.22.168 hijack IP with website on it:
CJ Sculti a week ago I've had a few racks colocated with these guys for almost a year now. They've been great! ...More
#4 = milan pitroda, good guy, but he provides all the customer support (via outsourcing in India) for the many CC brands, including CVPS, 123Systems, BlueVM, etc. So he's technically on CC payroll as a contractor.
milan pitroda a week ago CC have improved a lots in their infrastructure which helped to increase the speed of the server and stop spamming #5 = Good old Thomas Dale, he once worked for ColoCrossing and ChicagoVPS. Until the UGVPS outing happened. See:
Thomas Dale a week ago ColoCrossing has provided numerous services to myself for personal or commercial. They have helped me with everything from single servers to full racks with fiber uplinks :). Jon B. is a 100% pleasure to work with from initial sales to ...More
#6 Ali Hajyani, Iranian. Visperad Networks. See: https://www.facebook.com/A.hajyani
Ali Hajyani a month ago #7 Luc Ayotte. Former ChicagoVPS employee.
Luc Ayotte a month ago
#8 Mike Walker. Active ColoCrossing employee. See: http://mattburdine.org/WhyChicagoVPSLostMyBusiness.txt
Mike Walker a month ago This is by far the best data center facility in the Buffalo market. They are the only provider in the market that has onsite tech 24x7x365. I can call in at 3 AM and their support staff is there ready to help. They respond extremely fast to ...More #9 Danny Dahl, could this be the Danny Dahl referenced by Spamhaus, see: https://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/evidence/ROK11457/online-media-connect/main-information
Danny Dahl a month ago Both Jon & Alex have helped me grow my business through the years tremendously. Def. recommend them to any company looking for a great reliable company that can help scale with their business. ...More
#10 Chris Niedojadlo, we have a shrine to this guy. Who is the 'us' he's referring to? Would that be his companies ala Net3 or would it be Servermania?
This guy isn't just a random customer. Biloh hangs out with this guy in far away real life.
Chris Niedojadlo 2 months ago ColoCrossing has been providing us with Colocation services for just over 4 years with fantastic service and uptime. We would highly recommend them to everyone needing data center services.
#11 Jonathan Nguyen - Jonny "I LOVE SPAM" Nguyen (that is winning to you). No need. Everyone knows him and Biloh love spam and collaborated to provide IPs for spam use. Search any hosting community for him or Greenvaluehost and the strings will consume the next week of your life laughing and having you spewing your beverages out of your nose in laughter.
Jonathan Nguyen 2 months ago Have been a customer for four years. ColoCrossing is very accommodating for their customers and offer a truly premium service that can be relied upon. Management frequently makes themselves available for customers and cares about the ...More
What did we learn?
Of 25 reviews, 11 of them have no business ever of having been left. 11 / 25 = 44% of the reviews for ColoCrossing on Google are fraudulent. 2 are from companies in Iran on controlled do not do business with list, still, even if one pretends to be an LLC in Nevada, while leaking Iran data info in peering. Not like other reputable companies are going to go violate US law over embargo. Many of the reviewers are involved in spam. One is from a hacker / IP hijacker ... and most importantly 4 of them are current or former ColoCrossing employee
Today there is a mega ton of ransomware infecting going on. Malware payloads are being pushed all over the place via ad networks and it's YUGE.
Ransomeware is simple, it encrypts your files and holds them hostage. To get your data back, you pay the robbers via Bitcoin to reverse the mess.
The tainted ads may have exposed tens of thousands of people over the past 24 hours alone, according to a blog post published Monday by Trend Micro. The new campaign started last week when "Angler," a toolkit that sells exploits for Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and other widely used Internet software, started pushing laced banner ads through a compromised ad network. According to a separate blog post from Trustwave's SpiderLabs group, one JSON-based file being served in the ads has more than 12,000 lines of heavily obfuscated code. When researchers deciphered the code, they discovered it enumerated a long list of security products and tools it avoided in an attempt to remain undetected. "If the code doesn't find any of these programs, it continues with the flow and appends an iframe to the body of the html that leads to Angler EK [exploit kit] landing page," SpiderLabs researchers Daniel Chechik, Simon Kenin, and Rami Kogan wrote. "Upon successful exploitation, Angler infects the poor victim with both the Bedep trojan and the TeslaCrypt ransomware–double the trouble." The ads are spreading on sites including answers.com, zerohedge.com, and infolinks.com. Legitimate mainstream sites receive the malware from domain names that are associated with compromised ad networks. The most widely seen domain name in the current campaign is brentsmedia[.]com. Whois records show it was owned by an online marketer until January 1, when the address expired. It was snapped up by its current owner on March 6, a day before the malicious ad onslaught started. source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/03/big-name-sites-hit-by-rash-of-malicious-ads-spreading-crypto-ransomware/
I saw this slop coming when Spamhaus turned up efforts on TeslaCrypt. Ongoing issue in past week.. and look the boys in Buffalo are hosting at least two TeslaCrypt payment extortion IPs. see: https://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/listings/velocity-servers.net
Quadranet is hosting at least 5 different extortion IPs: source: https://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/listings/quadranet.com
It is recommended, for now and probably for good that you disable Flash plugin, disable SilverLight and put all other plugins on click to play or similar.
Buffalo, New Jerk, leading web hosting company VSNX known by eight other family of company names including ColoCrossing announces global domination! We own your hosting!
Among the acquisitions in this round:
http://realoffshore.net/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=1 "... Realoffshore.net is part of the VSNX family of companies..."
hostaar.com/terms/ "... Hostaar is part of the VSNX family of companies and that their statement will show “ColoCrossing” for the credit card charge..."
https://www.bilalhost.com/privacy-policy/ "... BilalHost Pakistan is part of the VSNX family of companies ..."
cavpshost.com/tos.html "... CaVPS Host Valley Host reserves the right to change its policies at any time without prior notification. CaVPS Host is part of the VSNX family of companies..."
see below for their live support being unsure of who they are... and then going silent...
www.hostfair.net/terms.php "... HostFair is part of the VSNX family of companies and that their statement will show "ColoCrossing" for the credit card charge ..."
http://kryptonichosting.net/billing/policies.php "... Kryptonic Hosting is part of the VSNX family of companies. ..."
http://alldigitalword.com/about/ "... LowEndBox is part of the VSNX family..."
http://hostmeek.com/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=1 "... hostmeek is part of the VSNX family of companies. Our Mailing Address: hostmeek 8195 Sheridan Drive Buffalo, NY 14221..."
Unethical Ernie Quick and HudsonValleyHost Get 131K IPs Blacklisted and Try To Sell Customers A $10 Mail Service AddonBy DomainBop
Spamhaus blacklisted over 131K ColoCrossing IPs this weekend for repeat offenses and Ernie Quick of Hudson Valley Host and Jon Biloh of ColoCrossing are trying to use the blacklisting as an opportunity to squeeze more money from customers for a $10 mail service add-on. TL;DR Ernie just earned himself the title of unethical piece of lowlife shit for this attempt to squeeze more money from customers for something (ColoCrossing's long history of being a spam friendly host who rnts servers to criminals and spammers) that was not their fault.
Customers opens a ticket about their IPs being blacklisted and this is the response they get:
Note to f*cktards Ernie Quick and Jon Biloh: FTC regulations require that your advertisements accurately describe the product that you're selling which means you need to mention in your ads that the product you're selling comes with blacklisted IP addresses... You clowns should be offering the MailChannels relay service to customers for free as compensation for your inability to keep your IP space clean.
TL;DR for buyers: don't pay these f*ckwads $10 for something that is entirely their fault, demand a refund because the product you received wasn't as described in the advertisements.