Odd domain redirect?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by ac6789, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. ac6789 macrumors member

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    I hope someone can help me out since I've never seen this before. I have a new client who came to me after the web company she hired to create her site abandonded her project. It's been stalled for 8 months.

    Anyways, she told me that she has her own domain & hosting and a preliminary site up. I went to her site and got a pop-up saying "You have entered a secured client area on company-x.com" with a user name a password. I hit cancel and her site loads. Strange...

    So I wanted to see if this was some sort of redirect, I logged in via ftp and deleted the index.html. Went back to her site and as expected I got a 404 error.

    So things that I've learned:
    - I have access to her main site directory, changes to files reflect back on the live site
    - Somehow company-x has managed to "hijack" (for lack of a better word) the domain and secure it as thier own "client area"
    - my client's name servers are completely different from company-x so I would assume they also managed to "protect" her hosting? (did a whois search)
    - pop-up says "secured client area on company-x.com" but ftp access and modification of files indicate that this is not so

    I'm not sure what to do at this point. The client and company-x had a huge blow-out with insults and accusations so she doesn't want to go back if this can be solved without them.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    USA
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    Well the first thing I would check is the httpd.conf file (if it's running on Apache web server) and see if there is anything in there doing redirect or is password protecting the site. I do mine that way so is definitely possible. From the little information you provided I don't think anyone has hijacked the site or server, though still possible.

    I might be able to help you more if I had more information, but I'm not sure what information I would need to help, other than checking the httpd.conf file I mentioned. Not sure if you'd be able to provide any links for us to see the pop-up message, but that may help.
     

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