A popular social network application, Curious Cat has lost control of its domain.
Twitter users can integrate the Curious Cat service, also available as an Android and iPhone app, with their profile to participate in an anonymous online Q&A community of millions of people.
Shortly after the platform announced it was losing control of their domain, a series of bizarre events and support responses confused app users who can no longer trust Curious Cat.
Loss of domain followed by strange tweets from “support” staff
The first suspicions of closing the Curious Cat service have arisen around December 19, when visitors to curious cat.qa were greeted with a parking page as opposed to the social networking service:
In fact, starting today, head to curious cat.qa displays a “Please sit down.” We are undergoing maintenance ”with an entirely different chat logo than the official one on the social platform.
The WHOIS records seen by BleepingComputer confirm that around December 18, the domain had entered the “pendingDelete” status. A domain changes to “pendingDelete” status shortly after a grace period after the domain owner has failed to renew the domain.
“Your domain will remain in this state for several days, after which your domain will be purged and deleted from the registry database” Explain I CAN.
“After deletion, the domain is available for re-registration according to registry policies. “
And, of course, on the 23rd the domain was registered by someone else, according to WHOIS data, with their nameservers changed.
Four days ago, the Curious Cat Twitter account posted a warning that they had lost their curious cat.qa domain because of an “error” and the service has been moved to curious cat.me and curious cat.live areas.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION. https://t.co/9FxwGLf1Nv is lost by our mistake, and no longer by our service.
The new version of the Android app is released. The old version will not work properly. Please update.
The new version of the iOS app is pending review. The release schedule depends on Apple.
– Curious cat | The Social Q&A Network (@CuriousCatMe) December 27, 2021
An update of the “recovered” application and a “Korean” support team
Although rare, loss of domain names due to administrative errors or non-renewal does occur.
In 2020, Google lost ownership of its blogspot.in domain after failing to renew it on time. After the domain was bought out by a third party, over 4.4 million blogspot.in URLs were no longer accessible.
But, in the case of Curious Cat, as if the sudden domain loss itself didn’t budge, the platform’s series of tweets eroded user trust even further.
“Looks like whoever now runs the [Curious Cat] count now [is] very different from before. Very direct and broke English “, States one user, with others agreeing to something that doesn’t add up:
Don’t use CuriousCat, the whole site has been hacked and it is likely that some really shady things will happen to you if you use it now.
If you’ve already linked it, disconnect it from your account through Twitter settings. https://t.co/MRWe8mMu87
– Oh ! It’s Joi! (@oi_its_joi) December 27, 2021
“What kind of abandoned helper email domain is this, curious cat?” ” request Jess, another member, referring to an invalid “support” email address in the Curious Cat Twitter bio:
Another source of confusion was the Spanish staff of Curious Cat who had apparently ‘left [sic] all for now. “
The Curious Cat support team appears to be “now” run by Korean staff, who are believed to be the originators of the tweets, although the company’s origins are Spanish, as users have understood:
But, it doesn’t stop right away. On Google Play, Android app users reported issues after the Curious Cat app was unable to communicate with Twitter’s API, possibly due to interrupted integration.
Desktop users logging in through their Twitter also reported see similar error messages:
“Unapproved callback URLs for this client application. Approved callback URLs can be adjusted in your app’s settings.”
Most likely, Curious Cat’s tweets referring to an updated “recovered” app indicated that the platform was restoring Twitter API integration after changing its domain name.
However, as a result of a series of these bizarre occurrences, many of Curious Cat’s customers [1, 2, 3, 4] decided to keep their distance from the service, with some disconnecting Curious Cat from their Twitter until the situation became clearer.
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