WARNING: Hampstead Research not safe for browsing

One of our readers attempted to view Hamster Research without using a proxy IP address, and received the following notice: Hampstead Research safety warningWe’ve now consulted with our tech person, who says:

Basically, ‘http’ is unencrypted, ‘https’ is encrypted. But in order to actually be properly safe, you need to know that the server really is who they say they are. Otherwise, I could sit between you and the server, intercept your connection, say ‘yeah, I’m the server!’ and to the server say ‘yeah, i’m Visitor X!’ and just proxy your stuff, and see everything anyway.

So, every (properly configured) HTTPS site has a certificate, issued by a Certificate Authority (CA). Essentially, the site owner generates a private-public keypair, sends the public part to the Certificate Authority. The CA does some checks to make sure they are who they say they are, and signs their certificate.

Now, where things can go wrong:

  1. The certificate isn’t signed by a CA that your browser trusts.
  2. The certificate is for the wrong domain.

In this case, it’s #2. If you click on the Advanced link, you can see the explanation:

“This server could not prove that it is hampsteadresearch.com; its security certificate is from *.orangewebsite.com. this may be caused by a misconfiguration or an attacker intercepting your connection”.

In this case, they just never set their site up for HTTPS, yet you followed an HTTPS link to their site. I.e., someone screwed up.

Essentially, Jacco and Charlotte couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.

And we’d recommend caution when browsing their site.


14 thoughts on “WARNING: Hampstead Research not safe for browsing

  1. Just a word of caution to everyone to help everyone be safe. Everard also does this and he logs your email and your IP when/if you visit any of his websites or blogs, etc. He’s been doing it for years. I’ve exposed that in a few of my videos. I will post the links here. Keep up the good work and stay safe out there everyone.

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    • “Birds of a feather” because they are trying the same tactics as Everard, etc. It seems that these conspiracy types all use this same tactics. I’m not saying they are successful with it (yes, they seem of less than average intelligence), just saying they are trying it. This kind of behavior runs rampant in the conspiracy/truth movement. I’ve noticed it for years now.

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  2. When Sam West played a psychopath in a TV drama, some years ago, he did a very convincing job of creating a character who was superficially charming whilst being underneath that devious and dishonest but NOT particularly clever. This seems to be quite realistic.

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