ADMIN: Unauthorized Links in the Feeds, Subscription Changes

If you get the daily digest email or read via an RSS reader or LiveJournal, you may have noticed the occasional spam link included in the post. It’s been driving me nuts because the spam links are sneaky little things — they aren’t in the code of the post itself, but instead are getting inserted only in the RSS feed. Therefore you don’t see the spam when you look at the main website, but it does show up in the email digest and on the LiveJournal feeds.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am aware of the problem but it’s going to take some digging around to figure out what’s going on. The spammers have MUCH more experience at hacking code than I do at un-hacking it! Worst case scenario, at least this isn’t the kind of blog where preserving the archive of old posts is important; if I had to nuke the whole thing and start over I would only need to preserve information on upcoming events.

FYI, for you email subscribers, I am looking into alternatives to Feedburner. Google owns it but hasn’t really been maintaining or updating it, and I fear it will go the way of Google Reader. If I find an emailing service that I like better, I will try to import the existing email subscriber list so that you don’t have to do anything. So if one of these days the digest starts looking different, now you know why.

If you can see a spam link below, I didn’t put it there! 🙁

  • By nescifievents, June 11, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

    Ooh, I think I may have found the offending bit of code! Fingers crossed that this is it.

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