Unwanted "Stop Sopa" banner on my blog

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  • #804659

    dwoog
    Member

    An unwanted banner — “kz.am Stop SOPA” — has appeared on my website (http://staplessoccer.wordpress.com). I never clicked on the “Stop Sopa” widget offered by WordPress; I double-checked it, it’s unclicked. Who did this, where did it come from, and how can I get rid of it? THANKS!

    The blog I need help with is staplessoccer.wordpress.com.

    #804894

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    I’m not seeing any banner, but my anti-virus software just blocked a potentially malicious site after clicking on your site link. ?!

    #804896

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    And sorry if this is overly obvious, but is there any chance you added the banner from this thread and forgot about it?

    #804897

    dwoog
    Member

    No — I did not add anything. Does your reply mean that your anti-virus software blocked my site entirely? That’s not good!

    #804911

    You gave added a “NEXT GAME” code in a text widget. The original image URL redirects to the image you’re seeing now. You can go to Appearance > Widgets, open that text widget and delete the image code.

    #804927

    dwoog
    Member

    The “NEXT GAME” code was always there. I did not change it, but suddenly the “Stop SOPA” image appeared.

    #804928

    auxclass
    Member

    As noted above – the site you are getting the image from changed the image on their end. You need to remove the link to the imae.

    #804930

    dlager
    Member

    Was there an image there before?
    it looks like the image file now redirects to the that stop SOPA image.
    Many widgets do this… its not necessarily malicious… its done by host server of the file.

    You can either remove the
    <img height="49" border="0" width="230" src="http://littleyapper.com/staplesblogpics/next-game.gif"/>

    from the widget
    or the whole text widget for now.

    as Panos suggested.

    Just copy and save the whole code from text widget to a notepad, and you can put it back up later, if the images is changed back.

    #804933

    dlager
    Member

    Actually…. the origional domain has of the file has expired. It redirects very suspiciously…
    I would follow the suggestion in this thread, remove the image code and move on.

    #804934

    dwoog
    Member

    Thanks, all. It worked. Now my question is: Who put that code there, and how were they able to do it?!

    #804935

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    And no more pop up warnings from the anti-virus software, so that apparently was the source of the dodgy link.

    Oh the perils of hotlinking!

    #804936

    dlager
    Member

    @dwoog
    The code was not changed at your wordpress.com blog, your account is safe.

    Someone change the code of the image file at the origional site.”littleyapper . com” that you were “hotlinked ” to.

    Oddly that site: littleyapper.com domain is expired, that would make me suspicious of that new redirected image.

    #804937

    dwoog
    Member

    Thanks again. So I guess someone can change code like that? That’s scary.

    #804956

    Once again: nobody changed the code in your widget. The code included this URL:
    http://littleyapper.com/staplesblogpics/next-game.gif
    If you click on it, you’ll see that it’s now redirecting to a different URL.

    #804962

    You are hotlinking to someone else’s image. It is their image. They can change it whenever they want. I’ve done that with people who have taken one of my images and posted it on their site without my permission, and the images I’ve put up in some cases are rather shocking.

    #804964

    raincoaster
    Member

    To avoid losing control of the images on your site, host the images on your site. Upload them to your own site and then you know they’re safe. What hotlinking does is it installs a window that looks out onto the other site’s view. They can do some landscaping and change that view, and you get results like this.

    #804965

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Apparently this one had malicious intent!

    #805001

    dwoog
    Member

    Yeah, but this wasn’t an image — it was a text widget!

    #805002

    airodyssey
    Member

    but this wasn’t an image — it was a text widget!

    No one’s disputing the fact that it’s a text widget.

    Take a break, then read dlager’s response and panaghiotisadam’s reply. As far as I know, they are referring to an image. An image in a text widget, but an image nevertheless.

    #805012

    This http://littleyapper.com/staplesblogpics/next-game.gif is an image referenced in that text widget.

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