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  1. Stefan Froberg

    Stefan Froberg Registered Member

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    Digging little of the company responsible of the WOT reveals the following:

    - WOT Services Oy started in 9 July 2009
    - Both founders (Sami Tolvanen and Timo Ala-Kleemola) left 2014
    - WOT Services Oy changes name to TOW Software Oy in 18 Feb 2016 and is liquidated since 30 June 2016

    So if the company has been liquidated since 30 June then how can the page www.mywot.com still be up and running?

    Who owns the company now?

    Giving command whois mywot.com gives registrar info as tucowso_O

    Also of interest:
    https://gist.github.com/Rob--W/bda5f28a0ac3b877780c6665bbed2e1b

    "Subject

    Add-on: Web of Trust, MyWOT/WOT: Website Reputation Rating
    Version: 20151208
    URL: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/
    First seen in version: 20090918 (version notes: "Added support for content scripts on search results pages")
    Summary

    The WOT add-on can execute arbitrary code on any page, including privileged browser pages.
    Impact and severity: Critical. If WOT wants to, they can do anything ranging from stealing banking credentials to installing malware on the user's computer.
    At the time of analysis, this functionality was not abused
    "

    So since 2009 the WOT could, if they wanted to, have totally hijacked your computer?

    And the last open source version you can find from https://github.com/mywot is from 2015?

    This whole thing is so shady that I wouldn't touch this extension with 10 foot pole.

    Happy New Year!
     
  2. emmjay

    emmjay Registered Member

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    I checked out the WOT rating on tucows and found this ...

    https://www.mywot.com/en/forum/17948-tucows-com-gets-good-reputation

    The complaint, in general, is that TUCOWS offers deceptive download links and PUPs. The WOT 'good' rating was challenged by many WOT members but it was determined that it would retain its green rating because the user is able to refuse additional 'junk/crapware' offered with tucows installers/downloaders.

    Tucows is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. They do not list WOT in their holdings (as of today).
     
  3. inka

    inka Registered Member

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    www.tucowsdomains.com
    is a full-fledged domain registrar.
    Like, if you looked up any of my domains, the record would show "NameCheap" (or "Privacy Guard")...

    my point: tucows (the once famed, now impugned sleazy freeware hosting site) might be a sister company of tucowsdomains, but I don't believe you can count on what's shown in the domain registrant info reflecting the true domain owner.
     
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