Today I want to talk about something a lot of you are already aware of. A series of crimes you're all ignoring and some of you may just be funding. I'm talking today, about the small group of hackers behind the rather popular www.comparethemeerkat.com website.
The group claim to be innocently operating their own website that provides a basic meerkat comparison tool, but I find this extremely hard to believe when the domain name is quite clearly an example of typosquatting, not to mention the look and feel of the site; almost mirroring CompareTheMarket.com's site exactly.
Looking through the Meerkat site, I don't see any instance where the hackers attempt to obtain your information, but what I have discovered is that the group, lead by Aleksandr Orlov, provide patrons of CompareTheMarket with 'Free' soft toys when they purchase insurance from the legitimate company.
Their claim here is that they award people for accessing the correct site (CompareTheMarket.com) when looking for insurance, as the frequent, mis-directed traffic to their site is causing their web server to overload. At first I thought that they had a partnership with CompareTheMarket and that the legitimate company would inform Aleksandr and his team when a purchase was made through the site. However, recent footage shows that CompareTheMarket are, understandably, miffed with the activity of the hacking group's site.
Despite the deserved anger that is displayed by the legitimate company, an 'unprovoked' attack was recently launched on the home of Alexsandr by a member of the CompareTheMarket's team; Spencer, which can be viewed below.
According to the hacker's site, the group have been active since 2009 and since their launch they have been parading around on national television, quite openly advertising their seemingly illegal site. The fact that millions of viewers have sat by whilst this rapidly escalating war between both parties has ensued is quite sickening.
I've only touched the surface of the extent of the group's activities here, which as I've mentioned have spanned 4 years now. I'm sure as many of you read this you will uncover more evidence and maybe once and for all we can bring Aleksandr and his team to justice.
Peace Out Guys!