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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.
5th-Mar-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I have a theory (and considering what happened, maybe it's neither so strange): mine was the first support request to LiveJournal


they were so good in making me believe that it was a spyware problem from my side (!), and maybe helped in this by a bad past experience with Amazon, that I wrote to the support center for the Amazon Associate.

I gave to them (Amazon), my Associate ID and the Associate ID "5336432744-20" of who was stealing my referral fees. Now I have no way to know the name behind "5336432744-20" and neither I have a way to see how many referral fees he is doing, but Amazon can, and he knows who "5336432744-20" is... so what if Amazon, after my request, and maybe other similar requests, noticed that suddenly "5336432744-20" was making a lot of money? and what if Amazon maybe wrote to "5336432744-20" asking why suddenly all the links of a lot of Associates were redirecting to him?

For once I don't believe that LiveJournal changed its code since we asked him to do that, I think they changed the code since, for mistake or with intention, they realized that what they were doing was not legal.

Now, I'd like from LiveJournal that they declared how many money they did in the last month (with Amazon they can know that, it's one of the report Amazon gives to the Associate) and use that money to refund the people they damaged. They know who they are, I suppose there are a lot of open support request.
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