Thursday, November 09, 2006

TOPIC: Have You Seen The Newest Version of Firefox?
It's MS-Firefox Professional 2007 -- yes, that means Microsoft Firefox. Actually, it's a parody perpetrated by a website at and Here's the story from InformationWeek -- along with my research on who is behind the parody.
Tongue-in-cheek Web sites are claiming that Microsoft Corp. purchased MozillaFirefox 2007 Professional Edition." However, when you try to download the new Web browser you actually get a copy of the Redmond, Wash. developer's for-real Internet Explorer 7. Two sites -- and -- both direct to similar parodies that tout the newly purchased browser as "It's better now like seriously" and sport IE 7-esque features, including one dubbed "Cut Away Effect," which disables rendering of nine-tenths of a page to "save system resources."
It also claims: "This is not a bug." Other faux features include Firefox 2007's "TakeOver" technology that, according to the site, "protects the Windows Kernel by automatically recognizing all McAfee and Symantec programs as viruses." In the last two months, Symantec and McAfee have both publicly criticized Microsoft for the PatchGuard technology in the 64-bit of Windows Vista, claiming that it blocks their access to the kernel and makes it impossible for them to create advanced security features.
The "Microsoft Firefox 2007" system requirements also tip toward the absurd. On the site, the list includes "A Credit Card" and "Microsoft Office 2007 (Provides the ability to scroll webpages)." Another feature claims that "Visiting the following sites using MS Firefox 2007 will cause your computer to shut down unexpectedly," then lists examples such as Google, iTunes, Apple, and Yahoo. The final item on the banned list: "Any sites with the phrase: microsoft/windows/explorer/vista/bill sucks."
Any attempt to actually download the bogus Microsoft Firefox 2007 Professional Edition from actually retrieves Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft's real browser. A download from, however, pulls down a copy of Mozilla's Firefox 2.0 for Windows. As of early Thursday morning, the site was available; later in the morning, however, it was offline. The site remained up. Neither site's owner could be tracked down. The .com site's domain owner's information was cloaked by a privacy feature of the registrar, while the information for the .net owner was clearly fake.
Here is what I found...
The domain name for leads to IP That domain is registered to Defender Technologies Group, LLC. DTG is registered to a Thomas J. Kiblin. Defender Technologies Group, LLC is likely the host for the domain and NOT the domain owner. I'm checking further and will update this post if I find anything else.

Thomas J. Kiblin
22375 Broderick Dr., #214
Sterling, VA. 20166
Record Type: IP Address
AGIS ALERON-204-157 (NET-204-157-0-0-1) -
Defender Technologies Group, LLC
DEFENDER-204-157-14-0-23 (NET-204-157-14-0-1) -

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