It seems that the flood of people clicking on links from emails that purport to be from banks continues unabated. Please visit these links and protect yourself from Phishing, okay? Oh, and if you are using windows and Internet Explorer 5 or 6, upgrade to Firefox, Opera or IE7, your computer and bank account will thank you.
With the redirect I have in place, these should be the last stats I see from this hack, but on Thursday someone used my uploads system to create a phishing website and by Sunday their phishing email was out there.
I’ve redirected the phished URLs to an anti-phishing advice site but I’m fairly freaked out by the sheer number of folks who have been taken in by this.
Over 500 people have clicked through, 450+ since I removed the hacked content.
This sucks for them, it really does.
I asked my provider to go ahead and pass along any information about the breach to paypal who asked for logs and so on.
Maybe I should have kept the files?
Hopefully no one was taken in by the scammers.
So, I’m moving away from my VOX Blog now… in favor of just using my own blog platform at my hosted site. This means that I have a bunch more control over what I do with my blog(s) and can crosspost as I see fit. I love VOX and if it was more open I’d stick to it, but with no API for outside connectivity it becomes just another spare blog to me.
Anyway, I like the idea of a nice central blog location at my “home”
When I get a new Linux box set up I’ll move all of my blog platform there and move completely into my own control. So we’ll see how the transition goes.
I think I have most of this working now
This post is mostly being created to test the new dynamically created “lookalike” handwriting function that I’ve put into production here on the front page. I’m planning to go ahead and make this pull a ready-made png file from the hard drive rather than make it on the fly from here on, but…for now it creates this box on the fly.
I think I may have to make a “text only” version of this available as a link at the bottom of the page, but not yet.
I’ve made the change, the front page now loads the text as a static png file, instead of a dynamic file… ain’t technology grand?
now you can click on the button below to view this as text…. so if I post a URL you ar enot without access, Now, I’ll have to get busy on the rest of the colors and sections….
I’ve worked most of the day at this, and finally managed to get the dynamic graphics and text to work!
Soon, I hope to fix the layouts for the rest of the site….
It’s been a while since I made a personal update to the site and now I have made a new layout, locked out all the old user accounts and chnaged the whole site again, ain’t I a stinker?
The main reasoning behind the change is my need to flex my php and css muscles. While PHPnuke and PostNuke allow for flexable and attractive layouts, nothing says home made like a jabberwocky placed using an absolute tag in CSS. Yes, I used Adobe GoLive to get the site together. Yes, I use it for laying some stuff out. A wysiwyg editor for CSS layouts is a godsend for big stuff like text boxes, etc, but the graphics, etc, are laid out by hand in vi. So there.
If you haven’t yet, I suggest you check out Donnie Darko, quite a nice movie.
After a long, long long delay in posting my next daring missive I’ve returned to put down my latest words on digital paper. As some of you may or may not know the Real World does exist and is not a fairy tale created by llamas who want to stop playing CounterStrike.
Sadly the real world (and not just the one one MTV) has rules, and one of those is that the ethereal world that is the Internet is fueled not just by fark and slashdot, but by money too. So, I, the webmaster, need to focus on my job as well as my website. Sad isn’t it?
And so I present, the Top Ten Reasons why webmasters neglect their Websites:
10. Pure Laziness, too busy stuffing our mouths with Mountain Dew and Cheetos!
9. Three Words, Never Winter Nights (I know it is normally two words)
8. Beer, and its buddy Liquor.
7. See number 8 and Repeat.
6. Locked up in a Tape Closet.
5. Stupid IE 6 Security Patches!!!
4. The Terrorists stole my keyboard. Or was it Swiper the Fox?
3. Innumerable showings of Star Wars Episode 2 or Spiderman, pick your poison.
2. That last peice of news about Natalie Portman, you know the one.
1. Grand Theft Auto 3.