Beyond Google – Viral Traffic

February 6, 2008

If your discussing matters which are touchy to our government, you really have to expect their best effort at suppressing the information. It’s no secret that Google is cooperating with China in suppressing knowledge on a broad range of topics. It’s also obvious that as a socially responsible corporation, they probably hide or fail to list content on a broad range of topics. When they fail to list a site page, they sometimes let you know that the supporting documentation is at chillingeffects.org but only when the content is totally illegal.

For legal but sensitive material, they don’t really acknowledge content filtering but when caught, just release a statement about unintended errors which led to technical difficulties and an inability to find a specific YouTube movie etc. In our particular case, serious content filtering started at my Fatsavage blog with a condemnation of a known kiddie porn site, youngerbabes.com, which is still online. The technical proof of content filtering is offered on this blog.

Of course the immediate effect of content filtering is that your traffic gets slammed and you lose visitors, but there is an obvious solution, just keep on writing. My traffic at fatsavage has started rising again, and the site is ranked in the top million of 20 million sites monitored by quantcast.com. Yeah, I get more traffic if I avoid censored topics, but I’m not a singing caged bird.

Interestingly, my new exulted status is almost independent of Google referrals (Correlation Coefficient 33%) and much more dependent on loyal visitors.

This post is being published at both Fatsavge and Tigerstail Blogs, not because I’m lazy, but because I want the information to get out. If Google were bothering to feed my blog, this would almost certainly get this post de-listed for laziness or plagiarism. However, since they are no longer doing a great job for my traffic, it doesn’t matter which rules I break.

Content Filtering the Fatsavage.

January 28, 2008

Just because your site traffic drops, it does not mean that their is evidence of Content Filtering. In my last post, I described two blogs which are so dormant that their are no visitors and the information is so stale that there are few Google referrals. Still, this type of stagnant site does not happen overnight. It’s like turning an oven up or down. If you turn it up to speed cooking, it will take 15 minutes or so before you see the obvious effects and when you turn it off, the meal will keep on cooking as long as the temperature is above 140 Fahrenheit.

Following the procedure outlined in the last post, we can check for a stable relationship between site visitors due to Google referrals, regular visitors and how much of a viral effect there is. It’s pretty obvious where the break in the following data is, but even this part of the analysis does not prove that a sudden change occurs, it just proves there is a stable relationship.

Google referrals———–Total Visitors
141———————–291
113———————–231
123———————–250
157———————–340
102———————–231
45————————115
33———————— 81
37————————103
37———————— 92

The relationship is as follows with an incredible correlation coefficient (R squared) of 99%.

visitors equals 1.93(Google Referrals) plus 23.4(Regulars)

At this point, we know we have a stable relationship between visitors and Google referrals and the drop is obvious but is it significant enough to prove Google Content Filtering.

Well for the 21 days prior to the day with 340 visitors there had been a relatively constant rise starting from 112 visitors a day. The equation was:

Visitors equals 7(Day) plus 109(Regulars)

Now the correlation coefficient was somewhat low at only 67% but considering day to day variations in frequency of posting and the strength of the content, that is still a strong relationship. The weaker correlation lead to large Standard Error of the estimate of 32. Putting this in layman’s terms on a day where you expected 200, 95% of the time it would be between 136 and 264, and 99% of the time it would be between 103 and 297.

This broad range seems like we are shooting at the broad side of a barn but after the 24th day when we would have expected 277 or above 180 at the 99% confidence level we only had 115 visitors and after that it got even worse.

It’s pretty obvious, that there was a change and my most popular post at the time could no longer be found short of a direct entry of the title which was “Youngerbabes.com Hack This Site”. I can’t figure out why a rant about a know kiddie porn site which is still on line should have been blocked unless it’s protected government property.

Google Content Filtering in America!

January 26, 2008

If content filtering exists in America, there ought to be a way to prove it one way or the other. Any experiment should be open to the public with all assumptions identified and the experiment should be reproducible and have a scientific evaluation criteria.

As a working assumption, there should be three elements to the number of site visitors when averaged over time. First, there should be some measure or regular visitors who would average out over time to some relatively constant value. Next there should be a feed from the search engines which is a factor of the public interest in your topic. Also, there could be a viral effect where visitors recommend you to others and therefore one site visit by Google referral or one regular visit may translate into any number of visits. (This is probably highest with jokes and politics and lowest with technical). However, if both groups (regulars and referrals from Google) recommend you to about the same number of people, this doesn’t alter the mathematical approach.

For the past three weeks, this site has varied around 41 to 87 visitors a day with an average around 60 a day but WordPress only holds the search engine data for a week. So I have the following Google Data and site visitors.

Google Referrals—–Visitors
44——————53
51——————67
44——————64
48——————62
50——————75
33——————48
40——————54

Now I ran the above data through an online Linear regression tool and came up with a very high correlation coefficient of 86% (R squared 75%). For a moment just think of a fat reduction pill where the weight you lost was 75% related to the pills you took and independent of all other variables like food and alcohol consumption and exercise or other variables.

The equation is visitors equals 1.3(Google Referrals) plus 4.1(regulars)

Obviously no viral effect and a small number of regular visitors, but if you need the technical information you come because of a Google search.

Now the data is drifting down because the site has not been very active for the month but the average for the data above is 60 with a two standard deviation range of 42 to 78. I would be hard pressed to make a case for effective Content Filtering based on this data set because there is no sharp break in the curve and the number of visitors for the past week is much the same as it’s been for the past three weeks.

Just for fun, I have two very dormant sites one in business (2.6 visitors a day) and the other in recreation (5.4 visitors a day). The equations and correlations are as follows:

visitors equals 1.4(Google Referrals) plus NO(regulars) correlation coefficient 95%
visitors equals 1.0(Google Referrals) plus 1.8(regulars) correlation coefficient 89%

Once again there is no sign of content filtering as the sites just suffer from a lack of interest, both mine in writing on the topic and visitors needing information on the topic.

Content filtering is an on-off switch which is turned on when the content gets out of hand so there should be signs of a dramatic drop in traffic.

At Fatsavage.wordpresss.com I have seen three cases of dramatic content filtering over the past 6 months with two in the past month. Start reading at the home page and work backwards to December 18, 2007. In that short month (about 12 posts), I managed to piss of the Feds twice and been slammed by provable content filtering. Now, I was attempting to be offensive with all of it, but I failed 10 times as only two posts were serious enough to get blocked.

Can you figure out which two?

Kolmic.com, The Family Tree

January 12, 2008

For most people finding evil sites is tough and even after you get a browser hijack or a URL redirect from your Browser, you’re never quite sure what site infected you. Now my perspective is somewhat different, I have my list of known kiddie porn sites which exist by consent of the government and also associated law enforcement honeypots. I periodically go to these sites and check the source code to find out who the face page is linking to. It seems that all the control is usually from one master computer with face URL’s gathering their feeds and images from that master. When one feed site gets so famous that it is blocked by crapware protection, they switch to the next site. Right now everyone concerned with cnomy.com or Kolmic.com for crapware should also start blocking malkm.com at the firewall level.

Finding these associations is fairly easy once you know the starting point.

If your a sex starved teenage you might dream of multiple partners at:

Orgy.com where the source code shows the javascript and pictures come from Kolmic.com

Hell, you might even dream of multiple orgies at:

Orgies.com where the source code shows the javascript and pictures come from Kolmic.com

If your too young to dream of orgies, you may just want to see naked people at:

naked.com where the source code shows the javascript and pictures come from naked.com and a pop-up comes from kolmic.com

Now these are all tame sites so you might want something more raunchy at:

raunchy.com which redirects to freetube.com with a pop-up from Kolmic.com

Now at one point, the source code for kolmic.com showed scripts and pics from cnomy.com so it’s not surprising that:

femalesex.com also redirects to freetube.com with a cloned pop-up of kolmic from cnomy.com

If you can’t spell, orgie.com used to redirect to raunchy.com but now:

orgie.com redirects to freetube.com

Siteadvisor.com confirms the link between orgie.com and ranuchy.com

So what is the future bad boy on the block to serve our nation at war. My money is on malkm.com based on information obtained from Lolitacj.com which was one of two sites that sent Charles Stephano to jail. When you check siteadvisor.com for lolitacj.com it says it links to kolmic.com yet when you go to:

lolitacj.com, the source code is from malkm.com while the cloned pop-up of kolmic shows cnomy.com source code.

A quick check of malkm.com shows it is connected to erotika.ru and the list of entrapment sites continues to grow.

There are many branches of this tree with crooked roots.


Even Will Smith should be able to decide that kolmic.com was designed by evil people.

Born to Be Bad – Will Smith, Kolmic and Hitler.

January 7, 2008

Will Smith started quite a controversy when he said that he believed that all people are intrinsically good and because he used Hitler as an example the argument degenerated without thought. Well Mr. Smith, I beg to differ and I use as my argument the Internet which I doubt that you know too much about.

Internet usage seems to be dominated by the concept that people do bad just because they can and only do good when they want to. Christ, I might say that that concept even includes Government sites which have a tendency to politicize every fact for political correctness or to dissociate blame. I mean who can possibly believe the psycho who designed the online war game for young people using actual Army equipment interfaces to recruit people. No one could believe this site was designed to do intrinsic good for the nation unless you believe that the use of Gaming addicts as soldiers is the highest and best use of these compulsive children. On the civilian side, what psycho would want to take down Norad for bragging rights or open the secrets of NSA to the world just to prove it can be done?

The internet is full of very twisted people. I casually included Kolmic.com on a list of sites that couldn’t be explored using Google Hacking techniques and immediately people stated flocking to my sites with Kolmic as the search term. Seems I stumbled on Kolmic in my research on American Kiddie Porn and I do mean I was lucky to make the connection to Government supported kiddie porn sites.

On the surface, they are a dramatic success story. They are touted at killerstartups.com as a new search engine. Quantcast.com ranks the site as being 314 in the world while alexa.com ranks them at 1917. IPwalk.com shows them hosting 11,650 domains. Their daily traffic is over 150,000 people per day.

These are incredible numbers considering the site was only organized about 8 months ago and the ownership of this fantastically successful organization is secret with a stealth registration. The IP information suggests Boston but a more realistic guess would put them in Houston working with Everyones Internet.

So what’s bad about a fantastic success in only six months, other than the direct connection to domestic kiddie porn and law enforcement honeypots. It seems that this brand new site is already attracting complaints about URL redirection, start page hijacking and other techniques common to the porn industry and image loading to unsuspecting surfers. One very complete analysis can be found in the comment section of McAfee Site Advisor by phantazm.

Obviously Kolmic.com was a site born to be bad by people with very evil intentions who hide anonymously in cyberspace because of the cowards they are.

Too bad Mr. Smith, there really are some fucking evil people in this world.

Screwing up XP!

January 6, 2008

I’ve sort of been suggesting that part of the reason that Vista has not been universally accepted is because Windows XP is a mature, sable and secure operating system which has no need for a replacement except perhaps in the gaming community. There are many independent companies that understand the system and are writing independent security software to defend you against Virus, malware and to secure your privacy against unwanted preservation of sensitive data or images.

The truth is you can do a pretty good job of defending your machine by using Firefox as your browser with settings that insure your privacy and erase all surfing history. Naturally, you can back this up with Ccleaner and an independent antiviurus and your in pretty good shape. You may want to use your traditional XP search function to check for cookies that may have been missed and to check the images in all hidden and back-up files. After everything unwanted has been eliminated, defragment your system and overwrite your unused space with a seven pass disk wipe.

From what I know of forensics, that is probably enough to prevent the repairman at your computer repair shop from reporting you to Homeland Security and may be enough to prevent recovery of images and files after you reformat your hard drive. (However, if it were my freedom at stake, I would give the drive the Lot’s wife treatment and buy a new drive.) Overall, I am fairly well convinced that XP is a defendable operating systems for mere mortals that follow a set routine and pay attention to security.

Since this belief is probably true, it leaves, Microsoft and the government out in the cold when you choose to observe their nefarious connections. No, you cannot stop unwanted predators from connecting to your machine and probing you but you can keep your machine clean enough that there is little there to find. Now with Vista, this is clearly not the case. There are back-ups of everything as the default and many are complaining that that use of Vista will be a one way ticket to jail or unemployment as your total computer use is an open book.

So what is the answer for Microsoft and the Government to threats from a protectable XP operating system? Simple, introduce an unavoidable SP3 service pack. I mean I avoided the upgrade for IE7 forever or at least until there were so many vulnerabilities that were left unplugged until I down loaded it even though I use Firefox. I suspect avoiding SP3 will eventually leave me so exposed that I will have to do it and ultimately upgrade myself to a system as unknown and undefendable as Vista. Once this happens I may as well switch to Vista.

Oh well, shit happens.

Resistance is Futile, Knowledge is Soporific!

Screw Google or Scroogle

January 1, 2008

It’s kind of hard to ignore the best search engine in the world and there are two serious contenders for allowing this option. First, is Ask.com which for the time being is committed to not keeping your individual search records. Keep in mind this is a publicly traded company which would not want to piss off Uncle Sam so there are economic limits to how much they will invest to defended your right to privacy. With Google-ites making asses of themselves relative to site filtering and screwing over the people in China, it doesn’t take much of a corporate investment to look a little better and that’s what Ask.com has done. Still, there is the issue of search quality.

When you put yesterdays title (Bin Laden, Google and the CIA) in Ask or Google nothing is returned. When you put “Is Google Spying?” in the two search engines, The Tigerstail post is number 2 in Google and does not appear in Ask.com. It would appear that Ask has to do a little better job of crawling the Web and creating a database if they are going to compete with Google.

Scroogle.org sounds almost too good to be true. They run a proxy service that deletes all Google cookies and logs. They do the search for you at Google, strip all identifying features and return the answer. The are a non profit organization and have extremely limited onsite information about them or their creators. Of course they return the same results as Google but this does not always have to be the case. Google could spend a lot of time and money to screw Scroogle.org but for now they seem to get you the best anonymous results possible. Since I trust nothing and do a lot of rechecking of information, I doubt that I’ll be the one they fail when Google screws them. BUT, you never know who that one will be.

For now, Scroogle seems to give the same search as Google without the advertising and that might be their downfall.

Bin Laden, Google and the CIA

December 31, 2007

Starting about a year ago, credible sources started claiming that Google was feeding information to the CIA. Now I’m not sure why any jackass would even waste a baying breath denying such a rumor when it’s so obviously true. Sans Teaches several courses on Google Hacking and Johnny Long has written several books on the topic. As early as 1999, NATO started publishing an Open Source Intelligence Handbook and by 2002 had issued a separate publication on exploiting information on the Internet. Only the most stupid Google apologist would bother denying that the CIA uses the largest database on the planet to gather information and probably pays them to teach people how to do it.

Now the issues of information filtering, diminished page rankings and generally interfering with your rights is a little more debatable. Two of the four freedoms defined by President Roosevelt were freedom of speech and freedom from fear particularly of an oppressive government. Google used to brag that they had no censorship but as previously discussed they are de-listing pages from the Internet based on complaints without the existence of a Legal Cease and Desist orders. Also, they consented to censor content for the Chinese version of Google including sites only mildly critical of the central government indicating that the have the capability of censorship and the corporate will to do it if paid enough. Their new policy acknowledges that they will engage in censorship to assist law enforcement, obey regulations and as a matter of policy which covers darn near any reason in the world.

It would appear that this policy extends to publishing false listings for controversial anti-government documentary movies.

Now what brought all this to mind was yesterday I told a little Joke about bin Laden and George Bush over at the FatSavage Blog and amazingly a search engine picked it up and it became my most popular single day post. It was so popular that I jumped to number 59 on the listing of most popular WordPress Blogs. Today not a single person reached “My Apologies” by way of a search engine.

Go figure!!! Is my sense of humor being filtered to protect an almost totally tasteless Web or is this just old fashioned censorship?

Is Google Spying?

December 30, 2007

Seventy seven percent (77%) of Google Users are not aware that Gogle is spying on them and neither was I.

I tried researching the topic but didn’t find much information. I knew that Google used email filters and linked advertising to the content so that when Cousin Ed told you that Auntie Mame died, your email might include an advertisment for coffins and flowers. While that may be cool technology, I avoided it by avoiding a Gmail account.

Even after I read accounts that I would be 92 when my Google cookie expired and their new privacy policy would delete all records after 2 years unless requested to retain them longer by law enforcement, I wasn’t terribly concerned. I mean I have seen the use of Google Cookies which contain my IP, Hotmail account, my surfing habits to other sites and all my porn cookies so fore warned is fore armed and defend yourself. After all these are browser side records and can be erased and wiped when you close your Browser (with quite a bit of effort).

All this changed when I had the need to sign up for an email account under my own name instead of Mr. Daimon, fatsavage or other ficticious names. I cleverly opted out of email advertising so I could avoid coffin offers when my mother dies and did a minimal sign-up with minimal information even avoiding address and location. I didn’t think much about it and only used it for commercial activity under my own name. I only signed up with GoogleTalk to track my email because that’s faster than signing in on their web page and going to their rather slow site only to find you have no mail.

Last week I had the need to sign up as a Google Developer so I paid more attention to their site. Seems there is a button in the upper right that allows you to sign in to Google and that happens rather automatically when you sign in to GoogleTalk or at least it did for me. It showed I have an account and a history which I know I never signed up for.

The history has been keeping track of me more or less since the day I signed in for my Gmail account. It is the default option which you have to work to turn off. Naturally, I checked my history and was appalled. I’m doing a Sans Security Course and am looking up various penetration tools. I am also blogging about some pretty nasty sites. Of the hundreds of searchs I do a day, my Google history only registered the ones which make me out to be a pervert or a security risk.

Of course, I deleted the records but all that means is that I will no longer see them. They already have my IP, my email account, cookies from all accounts, the record of cookies from sites visited etc. I really didn’t accomplish anything by turning off their blatent record keeping. They still have all the rest and have publically stated they will keep it for two years.

It would appear my only real option is to stop using their services. To many that would be a tough choice, but if they have already blocked access to your site and Ask.com is doing a pretty good job of searching and you have no commercial revenues from the web, I can’t think of a serious downside.

Ask for Privacy????

December 29, 2007

Ask.com recently announced a new privacy policy called AskEraser. All of your search terms and session cookies are erased after a few hours and there is no record of your activity with a few exceptions. The most obvious is if there’s a court order to keep your records,they will.

The other exception should be equally obvious, when you click a link to another page, that site is beyond the control of Ask.com so all of the cookies, malware and cache images of pictures which come from that site are maintained in index.dat files on your machine.

I took a short tour to see if the search engine was so filtered that it wouldn’t direct you to tasteless sites and found out that search terms like porn, young models, young pussy and teen sex took you to some fairly tasteless sites which of course set cookies and loaded images on your machine. I even found some evidence that there was less site filtering than Google. I then checked the cache pages from the nasty sites and found that the images and scrips were being fed from the page on the original site that was in the ask.com collection of cache pages so in fact the original site was documenting your visit.

In other words, the worlds of corporate and government spying are so large that it’s difficult to do truly trackless searching of surfing. Still it’s nice to know that Ask.com has taken a step in the right direction in at least recognizing my rights to privacy and freedom of information.