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Fifteen years ago this week—on August 29, 2003—Skype went live for the first time. In the time since, of course, the service has undergone a number of big changes. This origin story of the service originally ran on September 2, 2013, when Skype’s partnership with Microsoft was still new and before the Redmond company closed its London office. But given Skype’s recent anniversary (and Labor Day weekend for Ars staff), we’re resurfacing it. The story appears unchanged below.
The site’s fully qualified domain name is appleld.apple.0a2.com, and there’s another registered at the same domain—appleld.applle.0a2.com. As I download the phishing kit, I take a look at the site access logs from within the shell. Evidently, I’ve caught the site just a few hours after the certificate was registered.
As I poke around, I find other phishing sites on the same server in other directories. One targets French users of the telecommunications company Orange; others have more generic names intended to disguise them as part of a seemingly legitimate URL, such as Secrty-ID.com-Logine-1.0a2.com. Others still are spam blogs filled with affiliate links to e-commerce sites.
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