Category Archives: Privacy

WARNING: Personals & Dating Sites (Locanto, Escorts, Etc)

It’s come to attention that classifieds sites, personals, dating, and escort sites Australia-wide have been up to some mischief as of late (actually, for years.) This applies to advertisers, and people seeking company on those sites.

Sites in question (some):

  • locanto.com.au (scammers, criminal groups robbing men and women, fraudsters)
  • escortsandbabes.com.au (leaking personal sign up phone numbers to other sites)
  • secrethostess.com (scraping and reposting from other sites, often with personal contact info and incorrect info)
  • scarletamour.com (as above)
  • aussietopescorts.com (as above)
  • naughtyads.com.au (as above)
  • redescorts.com (as above)

Advice:

  • DO NOT sign up with your personal phone number at ANY stage. Use a burner phone
  • Watermark photos (subtle enough to not be seen by the naked eye) and remove all EXIF metadata
  • ^^^ There are services we provide.

Should your details be leaked, shared without permission, or image reposted – well, the sites are behind more than just leaking details, people on them are operating in criminal groups (as defined by the NSW Crimes Act 1900 No. 40) to rob both men and women. In Wollongong alone, there have been armed robberies, assaults, wire fraud, alleged kidnappings, and more. No further comment on those matters can be given.

At this point, things are just getting started, but we are aware of this, and so far, some money has been recovered, the sites themselves may put in a token effort to take down an ad, but the sites themselves should worry more about their poor security. Most seem to be affiliated and run from a similar web server, as loosely shown by the image below:

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What We Do

Special Technology Services – ABN 23 261 865 109. Based in Wollongong, NSW.

Check the SERVICES page so far…

Spam Calls And SMS – Block Them With The Truecaller App

It’;s a thing. It’s an app. iOS and Android. It’s great. Not only does it identify spammers, scammers, and robocalls, you can configure your phone to use it to ignore these calls. You can report new ones yourself and add to their database. It’s cheap too, monthly, but enough value that I get it cheaper by paying yearly.

It’s also able to find a few extra details – the operator of their phone network, sometimes general location (town for example), email address, sometimes an alias.

Highly recommended, even the free version.

Example below:

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Buying Viagra On Facebook? Companies Like “Pilot”?

pilot-ad-teaser

So how do they get away with it? I wanted to know – so I put down the $20 deposit and found out.

Conversations, details, that’s coming. But the upshot:

$5.75 per pill from Pilot vs $1.67 per pill from Chemist’s Warehouse (pack of 12 generic 100mg sildenafil citrate tablets.)

These drugs are Schedule 4 (Prescription Only Medication – click here for more info.) Your assessment is an online quiz. At no point do you chat with, digitally or verbally. The takeaway: YOU CAN LIE. They can’t tell, they don’t care. They want money. It’s doctor shopping. Dangerously high blood pressure? Just lie.

Other medications? You can just lie. Under 18? Use your fathers drivers license number + Medicare. ID check = complete. Foolproof, utterly (sarcasm, guys.)

You pay $69.00 AUD for a prescription you do not get yourself, and are sent generic sildenafil citrate tablets (Viagra), 12x 100mg tablets. It costs $20.00 AUD at Chemist’s Warehouse for generics. Pilot tells me it’s because telehealth is not subsidised by the government. Your prescription (that they have) has 5 repeats. Each repeat costs the same $69.00, reasoning being you can consult with your doctor at any time (that last part is my guess.)

Basically, they’re milking you for money.

Imagine if they did this for other S4 drugs – diazepam, lorazepam, clonazepam – that class of drug (benzodiazepines) along with alcohol are the only drugs that can cause death from withdrawal.

Viagra itself, from Pfizer, originally cost around $65.00 AUD for a box of 4x 100mg tablets. Then they failed to hold onto the patent, allowing in generic versions. Viagra was moneymaker. And the guy who created it? Well, he wasn’t on the patent. No royalties. All he was trying to do was create a drug to treat heart disease.

Also, I find it amusing the amount of tracking they like to do of you across the internet (click to see below):

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Don’t SMS People Telling Them About The Crimes You Are Committing

This is a pet hate of mine. I get an SMS. Somebody is asking me something, and it involves them admitting to committing a crime (hypothetically.)

Example: The idiot who texted me asking if I could help them cook crystal methylamphetamine (knowing I have studied chemistry.)

What has that idiot done? First, they just stated that they are intending to commit an offence and are asking me to commit an offence violating the NSW Drug Misuse And Trafficking Act 1985 No. 26, section 19:

Aiding, abetting etc commission of offence in New South Wales

(1) A person who aids, abets, counsels, procures, solicits or incites the commission of an offence under this Division is guilty of an offence and liable to the same punishment, pecuniary penalties and forfeiture as the person would be if the person had committed the firstmentioned offence.

Secondly, SMS metadata is retained on all Australians for two years by law. Thirdly, it would be easy to subpoena the contents of SMS messages as the message alone is at least reasonable suspicion, if not probable cause (circumstances dependent.)

How to communicate safely if something that could be taken the wrong way needs to be discussed?

Read on:

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Excessive Tracking & Privacy Invasion – Once Again Picking On News.com.au

Sorry guys, didn’t intentionally target you to be my examples.

News.com.au (and many other sites) don’t just track you, they go out of their way to bypass privacy protections your browser may have.  Justlooking below, the site immediately contacts Adobe, but also leaks cookies that contain unique identifiers used to track you across the entire internet belonging to companies like Google ( _ga trackers = Google Analytics), Facebook, the list goes on.

From free service Tracking The Trackers:

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How Hard Is That Website Trying To Track You?

Blacklight by themarkup.org – LINK

You visit a website to read news, whatever. You’re read it, but it’s also reading you…

news.com.au I read on and off for amusement (not news.) That’s what they want, because they’re trying to turn your visits, their web traffic, into money. Doesn’t have to be real news to get people there. But what does it do?

Blacklight is a web tool that scans a site for trackers and gives you a very basic overview. No detail, and it won’t pick up advanced tracking techniques or security breaches but for news.com.au it found:

  • 42 advertising trackers. This allows advertising to target you across the internet.
  • 132 third party cookies. These are cookies used from sites that are not news.com.au but collect, collate, and share data.
  • It attempts evade ad blockers and privacy protection with “canvas fingerprinting”.
  • And as per most sites, it tells Google and Facebook you’ve been there.

What can you do about this? Answers coming soon 🙂

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