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Has Your Website Ever Been Stolen?

Posted by Tony Quin on January 13th, 2014 at 9:49 am

Has Your Site Been Scraped Lately?

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, scraping has to be right up there.

Last week, we discovered a website hosted in the Bahamas called Some delightful individual, who was clearly not raised right, decided to scrape (or steal in the old vernacular) our website for some nefarious purpose. They changed the contact info to the address of an internet café in Toronto and replaced our telephone number with theirs. Worse, they seem to have persuaded my entire team of executives to go and work for them…traitors.

I can’t help but wonder what they think they can achieve. Opinions in the office range from they are trying to get a loan and needed a cool site to show their banker to they are trying to sell themselves as us to get business. Clearly they have never been in any competitive pitches. Most clients today not only want to meet and grill the entire team before they hire you, but many actually want the agency to do the work in advance to see how good you are. Good luck with that.

We sent off the necessary communications to the hosting provider and requested that the site be be removed from Google which should put them in hot water, but part of me thinks that maybe we can do an outsourcing deal where IQ can handle any business they bring in.

*Note: after sending their hosting provider a formal DMCA take down request, it seems the site is now "under construction".

2 Responses to “Has Your Website Ever Been Stolen?”

  1. Twisha says:

    Back in the halcyon days of frenzy my team were on the brink of a major investment by a music company. Unfortunately the timing was bad, the next week their premiere music site (well known metal band) was completely hijacked by a team from eastern Europe including the fledgling e-commerce portion. In those days execs had no idea how this could have been carried out and they decided it was just too sinister and this "internet thing" was not right for them. So we didn't get the investment.

  2. It amazes me that people think they can do this and no one will notice. When I was running a link audit I found a site that had copied our services pages word for word, which included a link back to my personal bio on the company website. They didn't even bother to remove my name!

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