When IT Providers Attack

What happens when you don’t pay a bill? Well you wouldn’t be surprised if you were refused service, had someone walk out the door on you or had service discontinued would you?

Normally this is fine and dandy – you provide a service, don’t get paid, pull the plug and chalk it up a bad client. But when IT providers attack others can get caught in the crossfire.

I was looking for a telephone number the other day and did my usual Google for the company – in this case Marine and General Insurances Limited in Clondalkin – and got www.www.mginsure.ie. Snapshoot of www.mginsure.ie on 30/07/08So off we go (see snapshot)… very strange. Somebody’s web server is pretty badly misconfigured – index.html should be served to any visitor that arrives. Ah well – I want their phone number so off I go and open it up.

index.html (Click on the filename to view.)

Even stranger. Let’s have a look at www.4u.ie and see what’s up…

Snapshot of www.4u.ie on 30/07/08

Looks like a pretty generic web design company portal page. I click around and not much happens, so I dig some more. (Obviously it wasn’t the busiest day for me and at this stage my curiosity was well aroused.)

Clicking around the first few links doesn’t get you anywhere… until I find a link that produces a database error. After poking around the page it looks like it was put up there as a web site design proof – many of the links are not complete and are just there as placeholders.

Next step – whois 4u.ie?

% Rights restricted by copyright; http://www.domainregistry.ie/copyright.html
% Do not remove this notice

domain: 4u.ie
descr: Trevor Gilligan
descr: Sole Trader
admin-c: AAE546-IEDR
tech-c: WWA1-IEDR
renewal: 28-January-2009
status: Active
nserver: NS1.4U.IE
nserver: NS2.4U.IE
nserver: NS3.4U.IE
source: IEDR

person: Trevor Gilligan
nic-hdl: AAE546-IEDR
source: IEDR

person: Accounts – Dave Geoghegan
nic-hdl: WWA1-IEDR
source: IEDR

Off to the Companies Registration Office with me to see who this Trevor Gilligan chap is… and lo and behold Trevor is an industrious person…

Type Business Name
Number 218255
Registered 02/05/2002
Status Normal

Looks like Trevor is into all sorts of stuff (Rate My Mate?) – who’s is he anyway? A quick trawl through the links on www.4u.ie gets us some more information. There is a link to www.4u.ie/stats (we’ve a snapshot here 4 you) and to www.4u.ie/clients (another snapshot4u) which gives us a list of clients. (The poor people at Marine and General Insurances Limited don’t seem to be a client of 4u.ie).

The list is a pretty unremarkable one (apart from the inclusion of a few politicians, and a few high profile names):

http://4u.ie – Websites, Hosting, Servers, Logos, Music
http://attictransformations.ie – Attic conversions
http://biarritz.ie – Property / Holiday / Accomodation
http://blanchardstownglass.ie – Glass Installations
http://carmarque.ie – Cars
http://crestaluminium.com – Aluminium
http://dtbc.ie – Tiles
http://eastsatellites.ie – Digital Broadband
http://expertlandscaping.ie – Landscaping
http://gdmaguires.com – construction
http://greenogueaerodrome.com – mgmt services
http://kelec.ie – electrical
http://limecafebar.ie – Restaurant / Bar
http://lucangospel.com – Music / Events
http://markdaly.ie – Elected Senator
http://martinmansereagh.ie – Elected TD
http://mkellyinteriors.ie – Interiors
http://mpar.ie – Electrical
http://rochabravavilla.net – Property / Holiday / Accomodation
http://shannonsideaviation.ie – Aviation
http://sunshineradio.ie – Radio Station
http://trevmusic.com – Shop / Music
http://trevorgilligan.ie – Elected Councillor
http://wwirl.ie – Windown Installations

There’s Trevor! And he’s no less than a Fianna Fáil Councillor, so off to Google with us and, bless him, he even has a Bebo page! Just as well because it seems that whoever took down Marine and General Insurances Limited’s web site brought down poor Trevor’s too (www.trevorgilligan.com and www.trevorgilligan.ie). Not to worry, as well as his Bebo page, Fianna Fáil also have a web page dedicated to their up and coming starlet.

So, what this Trevor all about? Here’s the GoAskMeBollix guide to Trevor Gilligan:

1. A cunning linguist (source: Bebo page). Must be spending too much time looking after his constituents to run his Bebo profile though a spellchecker):

My name is Trevor Gilligan, Im a councillor for Fianna Fail in Clondalkin, South Dublin County Council (since 2004), i work with 4U.IE which sells Websites, Domains (Cheapest in IRE!), Hosting, Keywords, Statistics, Shopping online, Forums, and much, much more!

1a. Even more cunning than I thought, he doesn’t even use a spellchecker on his applications to register a business name with the Companies Registration Office (from www.cro.ie):


2. Ahh, more evidence of him being a busy man (Fianna Fail profile):

“I feel with my experience and abilities I have learnt to find the quickest and most efficient ‘route to results’. With the Internet and its usage my work is a lot less time consuming – needless to say rather than sitting back I can help more constituents.”

3. Is himself an IT professional and owner of 4u.ie (Fianna Fail profile and his Linked-in page):

i work with 4U.IE

4. Isn’t afraid of selling himself (Bebo page). Perhaps you should get a reference from Marine and General Insurances Limited before contacting him though:

4U.IE also invests in ideas so if youve got one… drop me a message. 4U.IE offers the best price and service!

5. Is a web site designer (Fianna Fail page) but we’ll never know just how good it he is since most of his sites appear to be down (30/07/08):

A lot of my time is spent designing Websites and using programming languages.

6. Has an interest in at least one author of pornographic literature (Bebo page)

7. Is alleged to not pay his bills (www.mginsure.ie, www.deskellycarpets.com and others)

This site has been deleted because Mr. Trevor Gilligan (4u.ie) didn`t pay money to people who work for him !!!

So is there a moral?

  • pay your bills..?
  • don’t leave disgruntled employees with the password to your (and your clients) web site(s)..?
  • realise that being an elected official, allowing IT providers to go postal on you and posting shite on a Bebo page are perhaps giving the wrong message..?

Comments are welcome as always!

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