Occasionally you see something that is so dodgy, so sleazy, so … brilliant, that you just have to sit up and applaud. Today I found one of these.
Anyone who spends a bit of time on the net are familiar with the idea of domain name scamming. The idea is to raise traffic to your site by capturing user who actually want to be going somewhere else. You can do this by stealing domain names of course, but its a bit hard and the true owners of http://www.coke.com have a hell of a lot more money that you and are quite willing to sue you into oblivion.
However, http://www.ckoe.com might not be registered.. or cok.com or cokee.com.. or any other of a thousand misspellings. This is a much used and highly looked down on practice that many companies have, often unsuccessfully, tried to fight.
Today, I found the ultimate. Someone entered a link into our intranet site, a simple link to another place on the site. Clicked on it to test and BAM! Porn site. http://www.ratedx.com.au to be precise. I tracked the problem to the system adding a superfluous http:// to the beginning of the link, resulting in two http://’s in the link.
It would appear then that this ratedx site has somehow managed to get http://http:// to redirect to their site. It wont work if you put just http://http:// because thats an invalid url, but add any alpha numeric character after that (whether it be http://http://a or http://http://www.google.com) and you’ll find yourself in porn central.
Adding an extra http is a common problem of automated link systems. I must applaud this incredible rort of the system, well done ratedx.
Also, welcome to our website blockers. We don’t want staff visiting you by accident.