Another useful website bites the dust
Last month, I used Google Maps to make a geographical representation of attempted SSH brute-force hack attempts. In order to translate the bad guys’ IP addresses into co-ordinates, I employed the handy geolocation service at hostip.info.
Unfortunately, as of today, that service no longer works. It has been replaced by a rather useless “Real Estate Listings” site.
My first thought was that the address registration has lapsed
and been picked up by domain-squatting vultures. However, the
whois seems to suggest otherwise:
Domain ID:D2911816-LRMS Domain Name:HOSTIP.INFO Created On:09-Oct-2003 20:04:12 UTC Last Updated On:22-Oct-2005 02:35:36 UTC Expiration Date:09-Oct-2010 20:04:12 UTC
Had it lapsed and been updated on the 22nd, I’d expect the expiration date to reflect that.
If I’m optimistic, I could speculate that it is just due to a move to a new, misconfigured server, in which case it seems that there may be hope yet for the return of hostip.info—but in the meantime, my map isn’t going to show any new data.
I just visited www.hostip.info on the off-chance:
Stay Tuned as we are moving servers in order to keep up with the demand, so most links and the database will not work for a few days.
It looks like everything’s going to be OK.