Feeds

Al Gore climate change site hacked

Penis pill outrage

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A blog on a site promoting Al Gore's climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, has been hacked by penis pill-promoting spammers.

Links on the blog portion of the climatecrisis.net site point to websites hawking online pharmaceuticals in an apparent bid by miscreants to promote their search engine rankings. The links, not apparent to a casual observer but clearly visible in the page source, promote drugs including Viagra and Xanax.

An Inconvenient Attack

The approach is a more aggressive variant of comment spam attacks, which involve posting links to dodgy sites on blogs. Search engines, such as Google, give priority to sites linked to from popular web destinations, such as the climatecrisis.net domain. Spammers and their hacking accomplices try to take advantage of this behaviour in order to illicitly gain higher places in search page rankings.

In the case of the climatecrisis.net hack, the links point to pages on a site hosted by Westmont College, a small Christian college in California, that's also fallen victim to hackers.

Only the blog section of climatecrisis.net seems to have been affected by the attack. The techniques used in the assault remain unclear, although researchers at Sunbelt Software told IDG that exploiting vulns in the WordPress Web publishing software used by both Westmont College and the Inconvenient Truth blog was the likely avenue of attack.

Sys admins on climatecrisis.net are yet to purge the offending links at the time of writing.

Former vice-president Al "I invented the internet" Gore, who became a Nobel prize laureate and Oscar winner thanks to the success of An Inconvenient Truth, was unavailable for comment. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email
'But boss, the Internet Storm Centre says it's dangerous for me to reply to you'
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog
Attack harvests users' info at iPhone 6 launch
NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code
It's been fixed, but hordes won't have applied the upgrade
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
How to simplify SSL certificate management
Simple steps to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations centralizing certificate management throughout their lifecycle.