By Identity Writer: J Domenichini on Mar 06, 2007
Can anyone explain in plain English what static.theplanet.com is? Using StatCounter to analyze my blog traffic, I found my blog was visited from a host name that includes that name. A quick search indicates that it's some sort of robot. And it seems to annoy people at times, but what is it more precisely? Is a 50 word explanation reasonable and available somewhere?
By using the web analytic tool, statcounter.com to which I have a link at the bottom of this blog that anyone can view if he/she so wishes, I have noticed that a lot of people have been visiting this entry because they, too are trying to find out what static.theplanet.com is. I still have no answer to this. I've done a few searches and have still NOT found out what it is. Nobody has commented either, which makes sense; people searching for static.theplanet.com are probably trying to learn about it and aren't in a position to explain it. However, if you ever go on to find out what it is, please come back here and add a comment explaining it. It will be very helpful to many people. Thanks.
I've received two comments to this entry now. Thank you very much to those commenters. One of the comments lists this URL: http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default5.asp?VName=TROJ_BANLOAD.BEX&VSect=T I'd actually looked at that site before. However, I didn't get it. I think I get it better now that I've read it carefully. It seems a trojan (TROJ_BANLOAD.BEX) gets into a computer system and connects to various URLs. Most of those URLs contain static.theplanet.com. From there, it seems that other bad things are brought into the computer that try to get passwords and such for access into one's bank account(s).
I'm not certain that I'm interpreting that correctly. What I'm less certain of is the significance of static.theplanet.com. What's the break down? What's "static"? What's "theplanet.com"? Is it connected to http://www.theplanet.com/, which is a company that provides managed hosting solutions? Is static.theplanet.com necessarily bad or just sometimes?
Anyway, that's where I'm at now in terms of understanding. Please comment if you have anything to add.
I think the comment from Cameron King clarifies things. I don't know Cameron, but he could probably get a job as a technical writer. His answer seems quite clear to me. He even anticipates future questions and provides info about contacting theplanet.com just in case certain behavior that involves theplanet.com seems suspicious. So, from what I know now, it would seem highly unlikely that a visit to my blog from static.theplanet.com is malicious in any way. Now, I've learned a bit more about how the Internet works. Thanks Cameron.
The three most recent entries (Aug 08, Aug 10, and Sep 5, 2007) bring up specific security issues that involve a host that includes "static.theplanet.com." From what I gather at this point, the "static.theplanet.com" part is not the real issue here. Yes, bad things can be coming from such a host as well as just about any host anywhere. Kellie asks why 6 active guests have the IP address of a.f.5746.static.theplanet.com and if something malicious might be going on. I honestly don't know if this should be taken as suspicious behavior or not. Can anyone add anything here? Cameron King's comment does provide an email address where one can voice concerns. Does Kellie's scenario warrant this?
Quite a few comments have come in for this blog entry since I last added an update on 09/05/07. My impression is the same as it has been for a while. I'm relying a lot on the info that commenter Cameron King's left, which I believe implies that the bad things people are reporting from theplanet.com are simply viruses (or something similar) that were able to get into servers connected to theplanet.com network. It seems reasonable to me that theplanet.com doesn't have a higher percentage of these sort of nefarious activities than any other such network. Are there people out there thinking that there's something more wrong with theplanet.com network than, say AOL's? So, when people are reporting efforts to stop bad behavior from servers on theplanet.com network, I imagine the procedures to actually stop the badness would be similar if the badness were coming from some other network. Does that make sense. I just get the feeling that theplanet.com part of the problem is not that significant. Yes, no? Agree, disagree?