MySpace... The Social Network For Extortion Scammers

from the how-many-make-a-trend? dept

There's just something about MySpace that seems to bring out the criminal element in some people. Way back before MySpace was even that well known, someone was arrested for trying to blackmail MySpace into giving him a job, or he would reveal to everyone on MySpace how to spam everyone else at MySpace. That guy ended up going to jail, but apparently some of the other kids out there didn't quite get the message. Two teenagers apparently broke into the MySpace back end and stole some personal info of users. When MySpace realized this and kicked them out, they threatened to reveal how they hacked into MySpace... unless MySpace paid them $150,000. Of course, that's called extortion, which is exactly the charge the two kids will be facing in court following their arrest last week. Of course, it's this kind of case that makes life so difficult for legitimate security researchers who are trying to help by finding vulnerabilities. Too many of the people poking around really do have malicious intent.
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    DittoBox, 25 May 2006 @ 9:29am

    MySpace pages are bad

    MySpace pages are bad. I have a few friends who I've helped try and fix problems in their profiles (knowing CSS/XHTML I can at least try one last ditch effort to piece together the toilet code they employ).

    You can use as much JS as you want. You can link to external anything. Meaning you can embed all sorts of nasty files.

    This is almost as bad eBay, where they allow JS in the pages. That's not cool, because I've seen numerous listings that REDIRECT to phishing pages that ask for you to "login" before viewing the listing.

    I stopped using eBay after I discovered this and found that even though they know about it, they don't fix it. They need to remove everything but simple xhtml and css. Then they need require that people host any and all images (the only other allowed external resource than CSS) with them.

    If you can't sell a product with regular CSS/XHTML then you don't deserve my $$$.

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