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Google Blacklists Faux Bank of America Site, the Work of the Yes Men's Yes Lab

 
 
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Update: The site appears to have been taken off the blacklist shortly after the publication of the Raw Story report. And the Yes Men's Yes Lab have claimed responsibility for the project.

On Wednesday, Google blacklisted YourBofA.com, an activist website designed to look like a Bank of America outreach campaign that encourages people to talk about how the bank should operate. Firefox and Google Chrome browsers warned users that the website was a “phishing scam,” a criminal website that steals personal information by imitating an official website.

Raw Story explains:

An examination of the YourBofA.com site revealed no forms soliciting personal information. A secondary scan using web trust certified tools revealed that no spyware or other malicious software existed on the domain. It’s likely that Bank of America reported the site to Google as a phishing scam, but a representative was unavailable for comment at time of this story’s publication. Other major web services that filter user links, like Facebook and Twitter, were not alerting users to any potential harm from the site.

The faux BofA site features messages like, “I want my bank to let grandmas stay in houses they’ve owned their whole lives,” and “Bank of America will no longer provide financing to the coal industry.”  On theinteractive page, people can personalize their own Bank of America advertising slogan. YourBofA.com allows users to enter ideas for the nation’s largest bank, and people across the country have signed on to  ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ them with a plus or minus sign.

YourBofA.com’s “It’s All Yours” page explains:

“Federal receivership, an age-old practice born of age-old necessity, will save us, and our entire economy, from the worst consequences of collapse — but it will also mean that, moving forward, a new set of eyes, brains, hands, and guts will direct our course: yours.”  

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the website, reports Raw Story, “it has the distinct ring of a ‘Yes Men’ project, especially considering that Bank of America will release its quarterly earnings statement tomorrow.”

The Yes Men are an activist group that uses tactical media actions to raise awareness about problematic social issues.  They define their actions as “Impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them." 

Read the full storyhere

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at April 18, 2012, 10:54am