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Why does sedo's sedodna.com redirect people to scams/spam/misleading websites?

Labeled as warning in Warnings and Alerts, started by MadAboutDomains, Dec 28, 2020

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  1. MadAboutDomains

    MadAboutDomains Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I've been checking out SedoDNA and how they redirect to websites that are mightily dodgy/unethical at best, but you be the judge.

    The sedodna.com domain appears to be owned by Sedo, it redirects to sedo.com if you visit it directly and here's a news article about the launch of the "Advertising network" called SedoDNA - https://domainnamewire.com/2010/04/12/sedo-launches-domain-advertising-network/

    I've been testing out a parked domain that relies on this sedodna.com to serve pages and it invariably leads to a different website that might mislead the user to either:
    • Install a browser extension to play a video or install a browser extension for pdf conversion. In nearly all cases the installed extension actually changes the user's default search engine and they do anything that they can to hide this fact, such as by redirecting them to the chrome extensions support page that hides this information cause it's in a different tab (eg. one called blank - history dot com and permanently - private dot com).
    • Click 'allow' (notifications) to continue, which is intended to ensure that the user can be spammed with adverts via notifications in the future without them knowing it (At least one was through a site called pubpush dot com that appear to specialise in notification advertising aka spamming the unwitting).
    • See websites that are pretending to be other websites (like news websites) or Bitcoin "you can make millions" websites.
    • To call a potential scammer pretending to be Microsoft because their computer is "infected" as in the case below...
    There's PLENTY more examples of these kinds of sites that they redirect to.

    Here's the example showing the redirection path to the site as redirected through to from their xml.sedodna.com domain that is a scam intending the user to call "Microsoft support", on click it hides the mouse and makes the screen full screen to essentially lock inexperienced users out of their computer:

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    I'm writing this because I'm quite frankly alarmed with the tactics that are being employed and I'm wondering why Sedo haven't picked up on the fact that they're perpetuating potential scams online just to make money off the back of it. I just happened to stumble upon this stuff and noticed SEDO in the redirection path and then did it a few more times via the same parked domain to see what other awful pages they were promoting... needless to say it appears to be never ending.

    Viewing the source of the domain that I've been looking at it looks like the domain is parked with "parking crew".

    Think before you park folks.
     
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  2. Jurgen Wolf

    Jurgen Wolf Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Their network is for ZeroClick monetization when Google agreement wasn't accepted OR if banned by Google...
     
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  3. Jurgen Wolf

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    p.s. And what sense to post the outdated articles of 2010 year???
     
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  4. Michael Ehrhardt

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  5. MadAboutDomains

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    Can you explain what you mean?
    It is a way to show that the domain is owned by Sedo as it is linked to by this article.
     
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  7. Jurgen Wolf

    Jurgen Wolf Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Many domains are banned by Google, so they can be monetized only using ZeroClick mode.
    + ZeroClick serves as alternative method for those users who didn't accept/sign Google parking agreement.

    And if needed - ZeroClick on Sedo can be disabled completely per your account (ask them via ticket).
    OR use their strict Sales landers.
     
  8. Mytz.com

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    thanks sharing
     

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