We have some up to the minute news to share with you. Many of you are doing a great job keeping us up to date with any news you find. It all helps so keep up the good work! If you have any GF info please let us know!
One of our GoldArena.net subscribers, Marcello, has been in touch with a Mr D Hasikos, Head of the Translators Dept. over at the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). In a nutshell, here's what has been found out:
1) The Genius Funds investment license which was sent out to Genius Funds members (now claimed to be a forged document by the CySEC) was translated from Greek in to English by a Mr Tsouris. You can see this for yourselves as it's on the investment license.
2) Marcello asked Mr Hasikos whether Mr Tsouris does exist. Mr Hasikos confirmed that he does, is still on duty and is part of the available functioning translators at the CySEC.
3) So, on these grounds, there is no doubt that the official translator of the GF investment license is in fact real. This may not be 100% proof of anything, but it's definately a strange coincidence. Surely if the GF investment license was a faked document, they would use fake names?
As Marcello pointed out, could it be that the accusation against Genius Funds by the CySEC is .. perhaps fake? Makes you think doesn't it?
Now, on to other GF news. There are reports of a Spanish Genius Funds website doing the rounds (http://www.geniusfunds.es). We can 99.9% confirm this to not be an official Genius Funds website, as the website contains referral links to Genius Funds.
We have had another email from a GoldArena.net member, Vivek, confirming receipt of an automated response back via email from Genius Funds. This was received yesterday (18 March 2010) and reads:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 7:50 PM
Subject: Re: http://www.cysec.gov.cy/warnings_en.aspx
To: vivek [email address removed]
Your e-mail was received and will be replied to. Please do not resend your e-mail again if it is not answered immediately. There is currently large number of customers requiring assistance and e-mails cannot be expected to be replied to in minutes. We try to answer all e-mails within 48 hours.
Thank you for your understanding
And finally, Si has written in to us stating that an IT expert who posted over at Facebook has been doing some digging to back up Genius Funds' claims that they are indeed migrating their servers. Si has ran this info past his friend in IT earlier this morning and can confirm it is legit, so one would think that Genius Funds are telling the truth and will be back soon.
Si added: "However, this has been a PR disaster and if they do come back, there will be much to do to regain consumer confidence. I aplaud your [GoldArena.net] website as it is trying to keep positive about GF - We will need more people like you if they are to continue. Thank you!"
Here is the document in full that was run by the IT expert:
Something promising...I posted the blank DNS report yesterday, tonight the report:
Parent Info Domain NS records Nameserver records returned by the parent servers are:
ns2.blockdos.net. ['18.104.22.168'] [TTL=172800]... See more
ns3.blockdos.net. ['22.214.171.124'] [TTL=172800]
ns5.blockdos.net. ['126.96.36.199'] [TTL=172800]
j.gtld-servers.net was kind enough to give us that information.
Pass TLD Parent Check Good. j.gtld-servers.net, the parent server I interogated, has information for your TLD. This is a good thing as there are some other domain extensions like "co.us" for example that are missing a direct check.
Pass Your nameservers are listed Good. The parent server j.gtld-servers.net has your nameservers listed. This is a must if you want to be found as anyone that does not know your DNS servers will first ask the parent nameservers.
Pass DNS Parent sent Glue Good. The parent nameserver sent GLUE, meaning he sent your nameservers as well as the IPs of your nameservers. Glue records are A records that are associated with NS records to provide "bootstrapping" information to the nameserver.(see RFC 1912 section 2.3)
Pass Nameservers A records Good. Every nameserver listed has A records. This is a must if you want to be found.
NS Info NS records from your nameservers NS records got from your nameservers listed at the parent NS are:
Oups! I could not get any nameservers from your nameservers (the ones listed at the parent server). Please verify that they are not lame nameservers and are configured properly.
Pass Recursive Queries Good. Your nameservers (the ones reported by the parent server) do not report that they allow recursive queries for anyone.
Pass Same Glue Hmm,I do not consider this to be an error yet, since I did not detect any nameservers at your nameservers.
Pass Glue for NS records OK. Your nameservers (the ones reported by the parent server) have no ideea who your nameservers are so this will be a pass since you already have a lot of errors!
Error Mismatched NS records WARNING: One or more of your nameservers did not return any of your NS records.
Error DNS servers responded ERROR: One or more of your nameservers did not respond:
The ones that did not responded are:
Pass Name of nameservers are valid OK. The nameservers reported by the parent send out nothing as shown above. I can't check nothing so it's a green!
Error Multiple Nameservers ERROR: Looks like you have less than 2 nameservers. According to RFC2182 section 5 you must have at least 3 nameservers, and no more than 7. Having 2 nameservers is also ok by me.
Error Nameservers are lame ERROR: looks like you have lame nameservers. The following nameservers are lame:
Pass Missing nameservers reported by parent OK. All NS records are the same at the parent and at your nameservers.
Error Missing nameservers reported by your nameservers You should already know that your NS records at your nameservers are missing, so here it is again:
Pass Domain CNAMEs OK. RFC1912 2.4 and RFC2181 10.3 state that there should be no CNAMEs if an NS (or any other) record is present.
Pass NSs CNAME check OK. RFC1912 2.4 and RFC2181 10.3 state that there should be no CNAMEs if an NS (or any other) record is present.
Pass Different subnets OK. Looks like you have nameservers on different subnets!
Pass IPs of nameservers are public Ok. Looks like the IP addresses of your nameservers are public. This is a good thing because it will prevent DNS delays and other problems like
Pass DNS servers allow TCP connection OK. Seems all your DNS servers allow TCP connections. This is a good thing and usefull even if UDP connections are used by default.
Pass Different autonomous systems OK. It seems you are safe from a single point of failure. You must be carefull about this and try to have nameservers on different locations as it can prevent a lot of problems if one nameserver goes down.
Pass Stealth NS records sent Ok. No stealth ns records are sent
SOA Error SOA record No valid SOA record came back!
So it appears that they have indeed moved servers and new propagation is now taking place. I would think that the site should be accessible sometime Saturday or maybe a bit sooner.
MX Error MX Records Oh well, I did not detect any MX records so you probably don't have any and if you know you should have then they may be missing at your nameservers!
WWW Error WWW A Record ERROR: I could not get any A records for www.geniusfunds.com!
That's pretty much what we have so far today. We will keep you updated as and when we get further news.