100 Worst Hucksters (Russia)

The following (verified) people have been significantly associated with this entity, either as a participant, contributor, promoter, or beneficiary, according to our OSINT research:


Ivan is the very shady owner of PQ Hosting... it is a huge RED FLAG when a web hosting company refuses to share information about their owners and founders, and in this case it appears to be because Ivan is running all kinds of highly illegal websites. I verified phishing emails (pretending to be lawyers / debt collectors) were being sent from his hosting servers. This is not necessarily his fault, but looking at the track record of his hosting and Russian language websites he appears to have also been in the business of illegal online casinos previously, and was also accused of hosting underage porn content. I can't verify either of those claims, but I can confirm PQ Hosting is extremely secretive (registered in Moldova instead of Russia, despite their DNS servers being located in Moscow). Update 2022: This page assisted security companies in tying Ivan directly to a major VMware attack: https://blog.morphisec.com/vmware-identity-manager-attack-backdoor Read More »

Mikhail seems to have stumbled across a successful business with SubscribeStar, which jars with his previously far-left anti-capitalist world view that he shared on various forums. He rejected me from joining, saying my social media following was too small, which is ironic since he has actively shut down his Twitter profile and has very little activity elsewhere. What he really didn't like was Hucksters.net and our goal of bringing transparency to online business. What a hypocrite... Read More »