Thursday, May 28, 2009

Beware phishing sites for downloading chess books

I Googled the book title 'The Sharpest Sicilian.' In Google, the fifth site to come up was called Torrentreactor. Torrentreactor is a scam. It showed five different sites that you can download the book from. It turns out this is an entire network of sites that refer to each other that are one big phishing expedition. Even if you search there for 'torrentreactorisascam' it comes up with five different sites where you can "download" this product.

If a torrent site ever asks you for your credit card information, it is bullshit. Be careful, everyone.

6 Comments:

Blogger Chess? said...

that's a good heads up. thanks

5/28/2009 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger chesstiger said...

I had a good website for free e-books about chess but recently

'This content was removed at the request of Gambit Publications Ltd. '

So at the moment i cannot help you.

5/29/2009 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger Zweiblumen said...

I've recently noticed that a ton of chess books have started showing up on scribd. I wonder how long until the publishers get their act together and start suing to get their stuff taken down...

5/29/2009 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger chesstiger said...

@ Zweiblumen

Sorry that i didn't mention that my comment was about scribd.

*bows head and mumbles a thousand times the word sorry*

5/29/2009 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

The following is from an anonymous reader of my blog explaining how torrentreactor works. Basically, the first five sites it lists in a search are bullshit (it calls them "external" search results, not sponsored sites). The remaining sites, below the fold so to speak, are legitimate. It's misleading and doesn't justify its existence, but not all of the results that pop up are bullshit.

Here's the email I got:

"The first 5 links shown are "sponsored links" that try to get you to pay $$ (under the heading "external results"). These are basically their advertisers - how the site supports itself (a bit like "sponsored results" on google). The searcher should ignore that section and look only at the results *below* that first "spammy" section...

Everything else below that are their own results for the search. As it happens, there were no exact matches in the case in question, so all you see are partial matches/false matches (including a lot that contain either the word "pdf" or "the" - which were stupidly included as 2 of the 4 search terms in the original search that google linked to...

So basically there were no matches for that search. But another search on that site might indeed turn up a match for something, that would not be just "phishing" (if you bypass/ignore the first 5 links which are always BS)...

That said, that site is not necessarily the best search engine, in any case...
You can do a google search to fine some "best of" lists for that kind of search engine... But I suspect none of them will have for the thing you were looking for, at the moment...."

5/29/2009 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Banatt said...

Mnuh, just use thepiratebay or something. Torrentreactor never has anything anyway.

5/29/2009 04:38:00 PM  

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