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  • NegBox 3:00 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Black Hat, Cloaking, ,   

    Referrer Cloaking in URL shortener 

    A couple of days ago I wrote about my little trick to spy on bit.ly links, which Johnathan Volk later picked up for an April Fool’s joke with a kernel of truth in it.

    There are alternatives to Bit.ly, but this one from a commenter caught my eye: Referrer.us does URL shortening and cloaking with sugar on top. That sugar can be as mellow as hiding the referrer or as naughty as faking it. The service looks full-featured and largely free. Nice.

    I do see a practical use for Referrer.us – Still, I have to say some of the black-hat folks and services I’ve seen go paranoid overboard in a big way. I accidentally scratched the surface of how Russian black-hatters move money around and it was freaking mad – encryption out the wazoo, multiple layers of e-gold and other virtual currencies with crazy names and crazy account and exchange schemes. I was trying to fund an account for a stupid service and finally gave up – It was nuts – It looked like I was about to launch an ICBM instead of spend $20 on a service.

    Its easy for a tech person to see all the holes and try to cover them up with technology – and it is also easy for the tech person to get lost in the details and lose sight of the goal – Unless you’ve got a swarm of determined hackers banging down your virtual doors, meet the challenge with the minimal amount of effort needed to accomplish the task and keep going… Security is relative, and never absolute – The best plan is to prepare for damage control, containment of the disaster, and quick recovery since you really can’t stop a determined hacker.

  • NegBox 8:35 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Black Hat, , SimplifiedSES, , WPCloaker   

    BlackHat World – The Dark Side of the Cheese 

    Sharing a link that I’ve found… “intriguing” in the past.

    Black Hat World

    Whenever I go there I always learn something. The audience is really very technical – the “Black Hat” they’re referring to is 99% on the technology side. I’ve yet to see anything on naughty marketing techniques.

    Today I stopped by Black Hat World looking for the “ShomoneyX” course. Its free at shoemoneyx.com but Jeremy has it on an autoresponder that takes three freaking months to deliver it complete – 12 installements, one each week. I’m on week 1.

    Well, you get the picture. In ten minutes I went from Week 1 to Week 12.

    Like I said, I always learn something. In this case I just learned what “WordPress Cloaking” means. Essentially they show a blog to the search engines and forward live users to an offer page. Call me clueless, but setting that up seems like a waste of good time that can be used in building something real – not a card castle.

    Anyway – Here’s more info on WordPress Cloaking is that floats your boat: Simplified SES and WPCloacker with some informative videos.

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