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Submission + - Thousands of compromised websites found by chance

VincenzoRomano writes: While doing an overhaul to a website of a customer of mine I've found a strange piece of HTML code in its homepage. Something containing code like this:

<a href="crk/index.php">crack,keygen</a>

So I have entered a part of this string into Google just to find that there are 15k+ webpages containing the same code.
By clicking on any result link I've found rogue websites providing cracks, key generators and other funny stuff that would make happy (and actually does) a lot of people.
It seems to me that the code has been inoculated in those web sites with that fancy transitional home page that after a few seconds changes to the real home page.
The website I was checking is not listed as it prevents Google from crawling into it, so I presume the problem can be larger than seen on Google.
I'm posting this on Slashdot as I presume that a lot of people with the same job as mine is reading these webpages quite often and my proposition is to rise this warning to as many security advisors as possible.


Submission + - Boing, Boom Krash! Florian leaves Krafwerk!

VincenzoRomano writes: "As reported on a number of news sites, Florian Schneider, one of the two co-founders of the pioneering German electronic group Kraftwerk has left.
The actual date of leaving seems quite uncertain, though.
The "well informed" Brazilian fan site Technopop has reported such a decision repeatedly in 2008.
The music news site Resident Advisor confirmed Florian missing from stages back in April 23th 2008 at the opening of their Amercan tour.
Almost anyone else is reporting the leaving on January 7th 2009.
The official website of the group, as well as their current German label, EMI, is not reporting about it, while Elektrodaten, Kraftwerk's discussion community, is very laconic.
Curiously the English language Wikipedia chapter (among other languages) has been updated, while the German one looks still outdated.
Sadly enough, all good things come to an end."

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus