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Mumsnet threads archived/mirrored elsewhere - security issue?

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MaidOfStars Sat 17-Oct-15 19:34:39

I have just stumbled across something odd. I was using Google to search for '[username]' and 'Mumsnet' (so two words in the search box) and got results from a website with the domain name

I clicked on a random link and it's an entire Mumsent thread, fully navigable so not a screenshot, being mirrored there.

I cannot navigate to the homepage of this domain - access is forbidden, so I have no idea what the website is.

Given the recent security issues, I thought I'd flag this for attention. I have attached a screenshot of a search for Mumsnet threads on Google.

MaidOfStars Sat 17-Oct-15 19:35:29

Sorry, that screenshot is when I searched for the domain name....

howtorebuild Sat 17-Oct-15 19:37:43

Interesting for those posting in otbt, 30 days and chat.

DonkeyOaty Sat 17-Oct-15 19:41:42

Oo er.

MTGlass Sat 17-Oct-15 19:41:45

That is really strange, It even gives the option to log in on that site.

MTGlass Sat 17-Oct-15 19:43:20

I have just clicked the 'join' button and it gives the option to join, asking for a username and password.

bigsnugglebunny Sat 17-Oct-15 19:45:19

There are hyperlinks to other parenting sites here

It looks like a phishing website/setup to me

DawnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 17-Oct-15 19:55:36

Hi MaidOfStars,

Thanks for flagging this to us. We're a bit bewildered too, to be honest. We're going to forward this to our Tech team so they can take a look.

We'll report back as soon as possible.

MaidOfStars Sat 17-Oct-15 19:57:42

I will add that I routinely (daily, probably) search for '[username]' and 'mumsnet' (nobody tell me it's bad form....) and have never had this returned to me before. I suspect it might be a new thing.

Seabiscotti Sat 17-Oct-15 21:35:12

Put my username and mumsnet in. I got this link??

Eastpoint Sat 17-Oct-15 21:40:36

I just did the same & it basically worked as an Advance Search. Time for a name change!

Hassled Sat 17-Oct-15 21:48:16

How very very bizarre. And a strange list of hits, as well - mostly education. Makes no sense. Page 2 of the google search does actually throw up the opening hours of JC Penneys.

Twickerhun Sat 17-Oct-15 21:48:32

I also found myself (under another user name on board reader . Com

MaidOfStars Sat 17-Oct-15 23:49:12

That BoardReader site is bizarre.

Naoko Sun 18-Oct-15 00:09:08

Nobody use the register/login links on that website, not even out of curiousity! It's probably a phishing site.

ouryve Sun 18-Oct-15 00:15:12

In the most ironic one, yet, "ouryve mumsnet" brings up (other than mumsnet or tweets mentioning mumsnet) this gem

Catzpyjamas Sun 18-Oct-15 00:21:10

Yep, I googled "Mumsnet Catzpyjamas" and got the jcpennyhours website and boardreader website. hmm

Electrolux2 Sun 18-Oct-15 00:23:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MsJuniper Sun 18-Oct-15 00:25:33

I got the same plus a site called TheresaPearce. Weird.

ouryve Sun 18-Oct-15 00:27:25

Found a JCpenneyhours one, too - leads to an apparently unlogged in version of the site with images not working.

This one is just rude - a blatant copy, though with mention of the source,336/ The reviews are lifted straight from mn reviews

Another straight lift - of a thread, this time

The first of thelinks snipped from google lads to a luxury coat sore that is inaccessible. The other just links straight to MN, so proabably not naugty.

Found a ocuple of health related threads lifted and copied into

Twickerhun Sun 18-Oct-15 08:09:48

dawn do you have any wisdom as to what's going on? The threads ive had copied are all ones referring to my infertility so naturally I'm nervous.

PlayingSolitaire Sun 18-Oct-15 08:29:57

I tried this too and got results from mumsnet (which is fine, obviously!), the jcpennyhours site as mentioned above. And also another site:

All of these sites look exactly like Mumsnet when entered.

MissDexter Sun 18-Oct-15 13:06:12

I'm getting the same too. I was 'on the list' too, could it be connected in anyway?

MissDexter Sun 18-Oct-15 13:09:30


BeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 18-Oct-15 13:50:25

Hi all - we just want to assure you that we've flagged this to Tech and we'll update when you know more. Thank you for all the info and screenshots.

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