Friday, September 28, 2018

TMZ-us.com

There's a new "fake news" website called TMZ-us.com.  (Archive here.)

According to WHOIS records, it was registered September 20, 2018.  The WHOIS page also says it's registered to "WhoisGuard Protected."  Here is what the homepage looks like:


Some of the the stories on the fake TMZ site are legit.  For example, their story about Childish Gambino's injury is copy-and-pasted from the real TMZ site.  Other articles on the homepage are outright hoaxes, like this false claim that Hulk Hogan passed away:


(Also, the greatest wrestler of all time is Bret Hart, so that tells you right away the story is sketchy.)

My suspicion is that TMZ-us.com is related to us-NBCNews.com.  That latter site was recently documented by LeadStories.  The site us-NBCNews.com was also registered on September 20, 2018, and it's also registered to "WhoisGuard Protected."

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