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Hijacking affiliate links 
4th-Mar-2010 02:32 pm - Hijacking affiliate links
Skittish Eclipse
I've been given a heads up that has done some excellent sleuthing and investigation into hijacked LJ affiliate links:

What is LJ doing to my links?
What is LJ doing to my links? Part 2
What is LJ doing to my links? Part 3

Expect this post to be update through the day as I find out more and come up with a good summary.

ETA: No good summary, but I feel like I should say code got taken down, etc etc, business as usual.
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5th-Mar-2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I first opened this Support request a month ago to complain about the lag in which the LJ pages found themselves in at that moment because of the script which they'd just implemented (I believe it was around release #61). About a day later and without any reply whatsoever, I just decided to block it with AdBlock and be done with it. I remember someone also complaining how the same script was on the secure login page and how it should be removed asap for obvious security reasons. I don't know precisely how long this redirecting business has been in action, but the first complaint (at least in Support) about it is this one.

(Also, why did I have to do the reCaptcha thingy when I posted this comment?)
5th-Mar-2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for the report--sorry about the CAPTCHA--I think at one point, we were getting a lot of spam (from logged in accounts, even), so we had to enable reCAPTCHA for nonmembers.
5th-Mar-2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Heh, no problem, I was just like "Why the Captcha! :( Oooh my comment is screened, that'd be it." :)
5th-Mar-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, nonmember comments are screened because we can sometimes report on Touchy Topics, and that can bring in a bunch of people from links who don't know how to wave a pitchfork instead of throwing outright stones, or some other appropriate metaphor.
5th-Mar-2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh... that's about the same time frame that the constant "this page is running a script that is slowing down Firefox, do you want to continue?" dialogs started popping up every time I loaded a page.
5th-Mar-2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Nice to know that the first complaint was mine, but I'm still the one who didn't receive an answer.

I posted about it and added a comment to the support request:

http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/974955.html

I'd really like for someone to answer me, from my rough count, I lost 30 dollars the past month.

Plus I spent a lot of time redirecting people through other review site, like Goodreads, since I didn't trust no more my LiveJournal page.
5th-Mar-2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
You should probably talk to Amazon. Another person who was affected by this said that he was pleasantly surprised by their response.
6th-Mar-2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, I will do that. Elisa
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