It’s true, because Firefox tells me so! I didn’t even realize it myself until my browser so nicely informed me that my post about extortion was potentially phishing for my password. And here I thought my site was working for me. All this time it was trying to steal my password! Thank god my browser is there to help me, cuz otherwise I would have… uhm… put my password in… somewhere… no, wait… maybe… uhm… on the page… uhm… I guess… hmmm… nothing here says password anywhere… maybe in that box that says comments… cuz that looks like it could steal stuff from me. I suppose you can sense my sarcasm, but really, come on. How is ha.ckers.org possibly anything like a phishing site? Click here to see what I saw this morning. As of the time of this blog post it’s still not fixed.
If there is anyone on earth who should be whitelisted, it’s this site, given the fact that there is zero chance I’d ever put a phishing site up on this website (if I wanted to be a bad guy, I sure as hell wouldn’t do it on my own site). Hell, I used to work on anti-phishing software. But this strikes me as strange. What is the vetting process involved in putting something on a suspected bad site anyway (clearly it’s not working)? From what I can tell there’s not much going on under the hood because there’s not a single thing on that page that looks anything like a phishing site.
If I had been running a big commercial site, this could have had severe impact on my ability to do business, and my reputation with my consumers. I don’t think most people realize how bad this kind of thing is. Ha.ckers.org is one of the few sites that really is not impacted at all by this sort of thing, but I know I’d feel differently if I were running an e-commerce site. Time to re-vamp the heuristics and the process boys. Color this security guy unimpressed.
Update: Apparently I am also put on the MSFT anti-phishing list as well Click here for a photo of that as well. So it looks like this isn’t heuristics based after all. Someone actually manually added me to the phishing list. Because that extortion post really looks scary. Nicely done guys.