Google’s code-hosting project is the latest free service to be abused by web spammers. We’ve seen one or two previously, but over the holidays the situation appears to have got much worse. They are creating lots of new projects with the following type of website on:
Clicking the image will take you to today’s fake codec download site. Repeated clicks will take you to an adult site [both NSFW, you have been warned!].
The difference between this and the MSN Spaces abuse that is now about a year old is that Google appears to automatically index code projects, so any Google-Jedi can generate a good list (Google Search–again, don’t click the links) to start with.
Or the fact that the image is linked from http://bestsextube dot net/video.gif all the time might also be useful to know. The icing on the cake, though, is the link to somewhere/in.cgi … I’ll come back to this later.
The porntube site is also host to a number of other related sites such as fake anti-anything software:
The codec download site, which is in Latvia, also hosts a number of related sites:
The Google Code project owner has a few other projects of a similar nature, too.
A year ago I blogged about MSN Spaces beta with a very similar issue… I even spoke to some very nice folks there about it, and a year later it’s still being abused by spammers [ spamhaus award. ] I trust Google would like to appear less evil and will take more decisive action. I’d suggest mashing code and safe browsing together, but it appears not to find anything wrong with the clickable links, though it did catch on after some redirection took place.
…perhaps I should start consulting on this sort of thing
Anybody suffering deja-vous? “/in.cgi should ring an alarm bell or two. If not, check out my colleague Micha’s blog on traffic management. He explains what happens to those clicks! This is campaign “6.”
Happy new year to all!