Archive for the ‘Recent changes’ Category

AdRater 0.8 released

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

We’ve updated our AdRater plug-in for Firefox. DoubleClick and Google merged earlier this year, and in December, DoubleClick ads began to be served via Google’s AdWords system. AdRater has been updated to recognize the new format of DoubleClick ads.

Active phishing scams exploiting major domains

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

After we discovered that a few major domains were being exploited by phishing scams, we added a new feature to SiteTruth – a continuously updated list of problem domains:

List of major domains being exploited by phishing scams

Each domain listed here is a well known domain in the Open Directory providing, perhaps unwittingly, a service for a phishing scam reported to PhishTank. The service provided may be hosting, URL redirection, or Internet connectivity. The owners of the domains listed are generally innocent of direct involvement with the scam. Domains listed typically have a security vulnerability which is being exploited.

There are only 164 such domains today. It’s not a problem that can’t be fixed, and it’s not a problem common to most web sites. A few major sites just need to clean up their act.

Domains on this list are down-rated by SiteTruth.

Improved rating details pages

Friday, October 5th, 2007

We’ve revised our rating detail pages, the ones that appear when you click on a rating icon, to better explain how SiteTruth arrived at a rating. Problems with the site appear in red.

SiteTruth page viewer (viewer.cgi)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

As a service to webmasters, SiteTruth has some webmaster tools. One of these, the “site viewer”, reads web pages, parses them, cleans them up, deletes any active content, and redisplays them. This shows a page in the form our system read it. It’s useful as a means of seeing a search engine’s view of a page.

It’s not a general purpose web proxy, but some users have been using it that way. So we now place a banner at the top of each page it produces.