Sunday, August 11, 2013

Suspicious App on PHENOTRACK.COM

I kept seeing this video featured on YouTube "The Megalodon Is Real" and decided to finally watch it, even though I already knew that megalodon is real because of all the fossil evidence. I figured that this video had been put up by some idiot who thinks that megalodons are still swimming around out there. Here is the video
Anyone with computer access can go straight to the Wikipedia article and learn that scientists have known for a long time about megalodon and know much about its ecology, lifecycle and its most likely causes of extinction. Yet, this fucking clown seems to want people to believe megalodon is still out there, though likely swimming in deep water.

For anyone who thinks this: megalodon preferred warm water and deep ocean depths would be too cold for it to survive in, plus there wouldn't be enough food for an animal that size to survive for very long. True, sperm whales do hunt  in deep water for species giant squid, but if megalodon is still out there, it would result in severe competition for food between the two and there is no evidence of that.

The narrator goes on to claim that YouTube videos about UFOs that he had bookmarked were mysteriously deleted after a takedown order. Funny, but I have no problem finding videos about UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, etc. Odd that his favorites all get deleted, but I haven't noticed any such purging.

I'm not saying that it didn't happen, just that there's no evidence. It wouldn't be the first time that someone advertised a product and claimed the government didn't want such information available to the public.

Anyway, the video above serves primarily as an advertisement for a free app offered at PHENOTRACK.COM and claims to give real-time updates on reported paranormal activities around the world, such as UFO sightings. You may be thinking, "Well, there's no harm in that.", but there is the very real possibility of harm and this entire "offer" of a free app may be nothing more than a cover story for underhanded activities by the people behind PHENOTRACK.

First of all, the voice on the video reminded me very much of the narrator of the Duvamis video I blogged about earlier and the general style of the video is about the same. Duvamis seemed to be rather strange, but nothing seemed nefarious and there was nothing to download.

Second, their website is registered anonymously, though their IP address is known and  is out of New Jersey.

Third and most important: several people have reported that when they tried to download the app, their antivirus software detected information theft software - specifically ApplicUnwnt.win32.AdWare.FunWe
­b.DA@1 - which attempted to infiltrate their computer.

A video reporting this was posted on YouTube and you can view it here

The narrator mentions that when he posted a comment on PHENOTRACK's website, informing them of the malware, they deleted his comment!

So, PHENOTRACK is hiding the identities of the people behind the site and they deleted one comment (that we know about) warning about malware in the app.

Seems very suspicious to me and I advise everyone to steer clear of these guys.

UPDATE: I decided to personally try to post a comment to their video where I mention the alleged malware in their download. My exact quote was 
people have reported that your app contains malware. Have you fixed that yet?
All comments on the video are subject to approval by the account-holder. I was not surprised to discover that my comment was not approved.

Yeah, somebody has something to hide.

Duane Browning
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