July 16, 2008

No comments or A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Spooky stuff this. Regulars or even irregulars may have noticed that the comments are not appearing under the posts. Even if you click on a "recent comment" you won't be taken to where the comment appears in full. I don't see any comments "pending moderation" but then I may not have received any. I tried a test comment of my own but my own comments don't go to pending moderation. I simply said "issue here" and it now appears in the recent comments. So, I went to haloscan, which is my comment facility provider and tried to go to the forum to see if others were having the same problem. And this is where it gets spooky. I clicked on "forum" on the comment management page. The url for the forum once you've logged in is http://www.haloscan.com/forum/ and that's what appears when I hover my mouse over the word "forum". But when I click on the button it takes me to this url: http://127.0.0.1:4664/safeweb?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehaloscan%2Ecom%2Fforum%2F&type=malware&showlinks=1&s=qEStDNJN3JVZ-C01ganIt5UgjiM
or in tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/6e3goj
Not quite the same now, is it? And I get a page that looks something like this:

Warning - visiting this web-site may harm your computer! - the page that you are about to visit may be a web forgery!

You can learn more about malware and how to protect yourself at StopBadware.org. This page is very likely to have been designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other fraud.

You can read more about phishing here antiphishing.org.


Or you can continue to http://www.haloscan.com/forum/ at your own risk.


You can also turn off safe browsing warnings by going to Google Desktop preferences.

Would you like to help make the web safer by always sending information to Google about sites with suspicious links?




Advisory provided byGoogle Desktop


On further investigation it appears that this warning has been up since 13th July, ie for three days now and yet taking the plunge and going to the forum pages, no one is talking about it.

Anyway, the main point for the would be commenter is that you can't see the comments at the minute. The point on the side was that it gave me an excuse to run the headline, A funny thing happened on the way to the forum and it did!

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