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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.
28th-Mar-2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't have the time to investigate more, but I've just noticed something new which screams "shady" to me.

I use Opera, have a permanent account. And yet, some entries that I've opened today (in paid journals) execute a script that makes the browser go through a wd.sharethis.com link (it appears in the browser's back button history) via a googleadservices.com link. (The latter appears in my browser's history.)

I've never used the "Share this!" javascript link that has replaced "tell a friend". I don't think it's right that I should be made to visit googleadservices.

I don't know if this is another case of a script doing what it wasn't supposed to, an Opera bug or what. I was hoping to enlist specialised web detectives like you for this. ;)

One possibility is that I came to those paid journals via a plus community, but now that I've blocked those sites I see this page trying to reload too (and failing because of blockages), and I can't imagine something less "plus" than this community.
28th-Mar-2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think the Share This javascript interacts badly with Opera--I've seen support requests come up about it before. I think you should report to Support, so they know what's going on at least--they haven't been able to replicate it, but you are not the only person it is happening to:

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