It seems that sometime last week my blog was hacked and a discreet little <iframe> linking to a malware hosting site was added to the 30boxes widget you can see on the right. It wasn’t 30boxes fault – the widget code hadn’t changed, so I assume that something managed to inject the relevant line of code into my database by exploiting a flaw in WordPress.
I’ve just upgraded to WordPress 2.3 and have checked what I can, but am still investigating as I’d like to know what the hole was so I can be sure it is patched. And I apologise to anyone who got a nasty alert message when they visited when using IE.
Special thanks go to John Warlow, who was trying to figure out how to fix the RSS feed coming from the del.icio.us entries (something that bugs me too!) and took the time to email me about the site’s attempt to download VBS.Phelp onto his PC. And no thanks to Google/Stopbadware who flagged the site as infected but didn’t bother to tell me they had done so, or offer any indication as to what the problem actually might have been.
Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between October 10th and October 19th:
[As ever, this is also on the BBC News website]
The military regime in Burma has controlled access to the internet for many years, but when information about the recent protests appeared all over the web, from YouTube videos to personal testimony on blogs, the generals showed that there were other options available to them and effectively cut the country off from the worldwide network.
This drastic action worked, up to a point, forcing those who wanted to communicate with the rest of the world to take significant risks by using satellite phones and other links and limiting the world’s awareness of the severity of the current clampdown.
Continue reading “The banality of censorship”
Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between October 6th and October 7th:
[As ever, you can read this on the BBC News website]
The restrictions placed on downloaded music files using one of the various digital rights managements (DRM) systems have always annoyed me, to the point where I’ll generally buy a CD and rip it as a high-quality AAC file rather than pay out for a song I can only play on selected devices or copy a few times.
Existing DRM-free services like eMusic, or those with some non-DRM inventory like MusicNet and of course Apple, are out there but don’t cover a lot of the artists I like and have nothing like the inventory you’d find in a decent record shop.
And I know that you can take the songs you buy from the iTunes Music Store and burn them to CD and then re-import them, but doing so further reduces the quality of the music you’re listening, especially when compared to a CD. It also takes time.
Continue reading “Amazon and the record industry”
Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between October 3rd and October 4th: