Bugmenot Shutdown Due to High Traffic, not Threats: Former Host

Claims that pressure from media companies forced the temporary shutdown of the controversial Bugmenot anti-registration site are utterly false, the site’s former hosting company told ClickZ. Bugmenot lets users share user IDs & passwords and therefore bypass compulsory registration at many many popular content sites. The site’s anonymous users had implied that media pressure was behind it going offline last week. But Bugmenot’s former hosting company said that “Nobody approached us, we had no idea what the site even did, nor had we heard of it before.” Brent Oxley, spokesman for Hostgator, said that the heavy traffic to Bugmenot had […]


When publishers wants more data about online consumers but many consumers don’t want to disclose data, a technological arms race results. Now that many online publications are requiring that consumers register before reading, it shouldn’t be surprising that some online consumers are developing applications to avoid that. The latest is BugMeNot.com. This Australian Web site lets consumers anonymously share active usernames and passwords for more than 130 forced-registration sites. “BugMeNot.com was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of websites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times),” its FAQ […]