Apple spoofs Microsoft?

by Fred Showker

Google search results for usergroup The internet is a wondrous technology and sometimes using the search engines brings some interesting and entertaining yet unexpected results. Today, I was doing some internet keyword research for some changes in web pages. I was searching for various keywords pretaining to "user groups" -- and specifically the word usergroup. A rather interesting web site link appeared as number two in Google.

Wait a minute, Google, the domain "windows7xp.com" doesn't really go along with Apple User Groups*. Or, perhaps it does. So, I clicked on the link so I could peek at the page source to see what key words they were using in order to arrive at the #2 position in Google.

This is what appeared in the browser window:

the user group section from Apple in a Windows domain

Having been involved in the Apple user group community for over 20 years, this web page is very familiar to me. In fact, I was involved with the Apple User Group Advisory Board right after Apple brought this department in house onto the Apple servers. Hey??? Why would this be the target of a domain called "Windows 7 XP" ???

The link was actually http://windows7xp.com/usergroups/, so HEY, let's find out where this is actually hosted ... I removed the "usergroups" and backed it up to just http://windows7xp.com/. (You can try this for yourself.) Here's what appeared in the browser window:

Apple using Windows XP domain to promote the Apple iPad

Oh my!

This can't be right, I thought. So I decided to go digging for the owner, IP blocks and hosts...

> windows7xp.com = [ 17.149.160.10 ]
> Domain Name: WINDOWS7XP.COM
> Registrar: GODADDY.COM INC.
> Registrant: liveaa
> Registered through: GoDaddy.com Inc.
> Domain Name: WINDOWS7XP.COM
> Domain servers in listed order:
>       NS53.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
>       NS54.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
> (Asked whois.arin.net:43 about +17.149.160.10)
> OrgName: Apple Computer Inc.
> OrgID: APPLEC-3
> Address: 20740 Valley Green Drive MS32E
> City: Cupertino
> StateProv: CA
> PostalCode: 95014
> Country: US

This is either some disturbing news, or someone is playing a sick joke just to get some clicks and internet traffic. Which one, I don't know.

At first blush, you would tend to believe the Whois directory and see that the domain is registered to Apple Computer and hosted at GoDaddy.com. But this really doesn't ring true to me. Due to ICANN's nonexistent accountability on domains and alleged tie-ins with organized crime, millions of shady entities falsify the Whois information to avoid detection. This could indeed be some Chinese or Russian botnet who has set up this site for some devious purpose yet unknown. So I tested the IP address -- 17.149.160.10 -- where the files are physically located.

Sure enough, it's hosted on Apple's name servers. (try it)

Apple registered this domain in 2009, and it is set to expire in April of 2010. Maybe they are just testing the domain. Maybe Apple covertly tastes domains and is into domaining just to sway the search engines and contaminate search results. I don't know. But I suspect Microsoft wouldn't be too happy to learn about this. OR, perhaps they both spoof each other and they both know about it. Who knows???

Isn't technology interesting!

Thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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Comments

On February 4th, Anonymous said:

Uh...you might need to do a little more homework. A quick check of GoDaddy's Whois produced this:

Whois has started…

The data contained in GoDaddy.com, Inc.'s WhoIs database,
while believed by the company to be reliable, is provided "as is"
with no guarantee or warranties regarding its accuracy. This
information is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you
in obtaining information about domain name registration records.
Any use of this data for any other purpose is expressly forbidden without the prior written
permission of GoDaddy.com, Inc. By submitting an inquiry,
you agree to these terms of usage and limitations of warranty. In particular,
you agree not to use this data to allow, enable, or otherwise make possible,
dissemination or collection of this data, in part or in its entirety, for any
purpose, such as the transmission of unsolicited advertising and
and solicitations of any kind, including spam. You further agree
not to use this data to enable high volume, automated or robotic electronic
processes designed to collect or compile this data for any purpose,
including mining this data for your own personal or commercial purposes.

Please note: the registrant of the domain name is specified
in the "registrant" field. In most cases, GoDaddy.com, Inc.
is not the registrant of domain names listed in this database.

Registrant:
liveaa
NO2 FengHuangCheng
HEFEI, ANHUI 230088
China

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: WINDOWS7XP.COM
Created on: 13-Apr-09
Expires on: 13-Apr-10
Last Updated on: 13-Apr-09

Administrative Contact:
zhang, Ming 3gmeet@gmail.com
liveaa
NO2 FengHuangCheng
HEFEI, ANHUI 230088
China
8615158883698 Fax --

Technical Contact:
zhang, Ming 3gmeet@gmail.com
liveaa
NO2 FengHuangCheng
HEFEI, ANHUI 230088
China
8615158883698 Fax --

Domain servers in listed order:
NS53.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
NS54.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

On February 4th, Gary E. Kampel said:

I get more data at
http://whois.domaintools.com/windows7xp.com
Godaddy has a friend in China

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On February 4th, BenB said:

Love it! This is really funny! HA! Reminds me of the MS TV spot that was a CGI video POV flying through the inside of a Windows PC, right up to the Intel processor, some years ago. Ground breaking graphics. Come to find out, the ad agency MS hired to create that state of the art CGI video did it all on Macs. LOL!

On February 4th, Anonymous said:

Um... from a marketing point of view, given that Apple has been targeting Windows users to switch to Mac, this isn't surprising. Nor does it strike me as odd or unethical. It's clever. Something that Apple has in spades and Microsoft always chases behind. Whatever. That is curious, thanks for spending the time to entertain me.

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