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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spam links sneak onto NH tech firm's website

A friend of mine was recently checking the website of a Well-Known New Hampshire Technology Firm (which will remain nameless at his request, for various reasons) using Lynx, the venerable text-only web browser. He noticed some odd-looking websites mentioned, so he went into the site's source code and found that either it has been hacked or the firm has some unusual income generating practices.

As you can see from the above screenshot, 10 sites selling knockoff versions of brand good like Gucci bags and Timberland boots have put links on the firm's home page - but they're positioned 984 pixels up and to the left of the visible screen, so nobody sees them. Presumably this boosts those crap sites in search engines.

The company in question has lots of smarts and geeks galore, so it's surprising that they would fall for such an obvious trick. Or maybe it's reassuring - it makes me feel less inept.