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Fooled by Information Asymmetry

On July 24, 2009 Trina Thompson sued her alma mater, Monroe College for the full cost of her tuition after graduating with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology. Why? Because she couldn’t find a job. Before sympathizing with Thompson’s claim that “they [the counselors] have not tried hard enough to help me”, […]

Domain Hijacking Made Easy

Apologies in advance for randomly picking on Yahoo… The domain (illurity.com) on which this site lives was registered with Yahoo Small Business (YSB). In addition to registration, YSB also provides DNS services through a convenient web-interface. Logging in to the YSB admin portal uses the same credentials as other Yahoo services, such as Yahoo IM […]

Syndicated Malware

It’s virtually impossible to browse to a web-page these days without embedded advertising. Most of this sort of content gets included through the use of javascript retrieved from the ad syndicator’s network (such as Google’s show_ads.js or Yahoo’s ypn.js). Similarly, most web-sites also employ some form of analytics, where the tracking is often achieved in […]