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 Post subject: hpHosts Classification explanation
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:02 pm 
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The following classifications are used to determine the reason for inclusion into hpHosts and have been published here for the purpose of those wondering what the classification means when viewing the domain's information on the hpHosts Online website.

ATS - Ad/tracking servers

This classification is assigned for domains being used for advert or tracking purposes

EMD - sites engaged in malware distribution

This classification is assigned to website's engaged in the distribution of malware (e.g. adware, spyware, trojans and viruses etc)

EXP - sites engaged in or alleged to be engaged in the exploitation of browser and OS vulnerabilities as well as the exploitation of gray-matter

This classification is assigned to website's engaged in the use of browser, operating system and other such exploits, aswell as those engaged in social engineering

FSA - sites engaged in the selling or distribution of bogus or fraudulent applications

This classification is assigned to site's being used for the distribution of "rogue" security or other such applications, for example: SpyHunter, SpyFalcon, SpywareQuake, AdwareAlert etc

GRM - sites engaged in astroturfing otherwise known as grass roots marketing

For full details on what constitues astroturfing, please see;

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Astroturfing

HFS - Special classification for persons caught spamming the hpHosts forums

HJK - sites engaged in browser hijacking or other forms of hijacking (OS services, bandwidth, DNS, etc.)

PSH - sites engaged in Phishing

WRZ - sites engaged in the selling, distribution or provision of warez (including but not limited to keygens, serials etc)

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Note: This classification has only been published to the database since April 27th 2007. As such, many site's will not have a classification assigned yet. If you see a domain listed without such, and wonder why it is listed, please see;

http://forum.hosts-file.net/viewforum.php?f=10


IMPORTANT: Whilst we will endevour to answer queries as to why a site is included, any and all removal requests must be made as per the following;

http://forum.hosts-file.net/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15

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