Post by blakegriplingph on Mar 1, 2010 5:05:24 GMT -5
OK, so I did a random google search recently, and I fond out that at least some of the pages in the LS site were hacked by spammers engaged in credit card fraud and so-called Canadian Pharmacy scams. Viewing the source for those pages will reveal a cloaked redirect and text typical of a pill spam message. I would've emailed them regarding this, but I'm afraid they might ignore my concerns, so I decided to report it here, hoping for someone to bring this to Mr. Handler, or his associates' attention.
With all due respect.
"We love him, because he first loved us." - 1 John 4:19
Good call. Those pages all seem to be obsolete, but nevertheless it's clear they have been spamjacked. I found a help address for HarperCollins which I think might deal with this sort of thing, and e-mailed them about it, and I advise you to do the same.
I wonder if this is connected with the TBB being cut short on the online Browse Inside program. Though that is probably more difficult to hack and more likely to be a HarperCollins or Browse Inside issue; still, they seem to be having a number of problems these days.
Post by Cafe SalMONAlla on Mar 1, 2010 18:55:59 GMT -5
Not problems, Sherry Ann, unfortunate events. Yes, I guess the Browse Inside issue could be connected, but you're right, it would be harder to hack. All we can do now is hope Dante gets a (productive) email back.
I don't know how long it's been like this - long enough for LemonySnicket.com to show up on Google as "Maintenance." Let's check back in a couple of days and hope that the reason they're performing maintenance is because of the issues we've raised.
I noticed this yesterday, but wasn't sure if it was a regular thing for LS.com (some websites do maintenance weekly, monthly, or sometimes annually). I think it's safe to say its been that way since Saturday, though, because Friday I visited and everything was still there.
Last Edit: Aug 29, 2010 6:43:53 GMT -5 by Sherry Ann
I've never seen LS.com this way before, and given that we've identified a couple of issues the site has, it makes some sense that perhaps they're fixing it. I would suspect it's that, anyway, since they don't usually signpost the addition of new content, but a Maintenance screen is more likely because they don't want people to see the things that are broken... Odd that it's been that way since Saturday and not Friday, though; I wouldn't have expected them to be doing much work on it over the weekend.
Post by Sherry Ann on Aug 29, 2010 19:03:19 GMT -5
They can still not be working on it and just have the screen there until they can get to it. As you say, they probably don't want anyone to encounter a bunch of spamjacked links and a homepage of empty promises.