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  1. luckylarry
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Why is there an index.htm file in the images directory of the follow me plugin that contains javascript, text and a stat counter for some project and software company?

    This is completely unrelated to the plugin and the plugin should be removed from WordPress for spamming and malware or the plugin should be updated and this file removed.

    This is an unacceptable practice to include unrelated files for a WP plugin.

    I refuse to install/ or use this plugin and I suggest others follow suit - always check what a plugin installs!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/follow-me/

  2. luckylarry
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sorry should have added the content of index.htm (see below)

    Of course the author (Brian Chappell @ Ignite Social Media - http://www.ignitesocialmedia.com/tools/follow-me/) now discovered may deny this as a hack, but if this is the case he should have removed this malware before passing it on to the wordpress community.

    Does this look like social networking to you?

    <HTML>

    <HEAD>

    <TITLE>Natural Language Processing Chatterbot | Sivle</TITLE>

    <meta name="verify-v1" content="FceAmiDRmlbQmCYEYy9dt9gHlhJLrsr7ie5X2MekvJM=" />

    </HEAD>

    <BODY bgcolor="#CCCCCC">

    <center>

    <table border="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse" width="800" cellpadding="5">

    <tr>

    <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cccccc"><img border="0" src="portfoliosivle.png" width="101" height="147"></td>

    <td width="650" bgcolor="#cccccc">

    <iframe src="http://demo.vhost.pandorabots.com/pandora/talk?botid=df127db4fe347130" SCROLLING="no" FRAMEBORDER="0" width="600" height="400">

    <p>Your browser does not support iframes.</p>

    </iframe>

    </td>

    </tr>

    </table>

    <table border="1" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse" bordercolor="#000000" width="600" cellpadding="5">

    <tr>

    <td width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><font size="4" color="#000000">Sivle is a natural language processing chatterbot - a program that engages in a conversation with a human by applying some heuristical pattern matching rules to the human's input. Sivle was first activated on Feb. 21st 2002. Sivle's "botmaster" and creator is Joe Hall. She was inspired by Richard Wallace and his bot, ALICE.

    Sivle's matrix relies on a program that uses a XML Schema called AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language) for specifying the heuristic conversation rules.

    Sivle is updated every now and then, she is currently learning how to tell jokes and learn about renaissance art.</font></td>

    </tr>

    </table>

    Copyright © 2002-2010 jozsoft. All Rights Reserved.

    </center>

    <!-- Start of StatCounter Code -->

    <script type="text/javascript">

    var sc_project=5089124;

    var sc_invisible=1;

    var sc_partition=58;

    var sc_click_stat=1;

    var sc_security="9e17cf8a";

    </script>

    <script type="text/javascript"

    src="http://www.statcounter.com/counter/counter.js"></script><noscript><div

    class="statcounter"><a title="visitors on myspace"

    href="http://www.statcounter.com/myspace/"

    target="_blank"><img class="statcounter"

    src="http://c.statcounter.com/5089124/0/9e17cf8a/1/"

    alt="visitors on myspace" ></div></noscript>

    <!-- End of StatCounter Code -->

    </BODY>

    </HTML>

  3. Joe Hall
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    luckylarry,

    My name is Joe Hall. I contributed a great deal of code to the Follow Me plugin. The index file that you have mentioned was placed in that folder by me on accident during plugin development. It is the index page of sivlebot.com. This file was never meant to be in this folder. Instead a blank index file was supposed to go in this folder to restrict users from browsing the directory from the web. The statcounter JS script that is located on the index page is part of the analytic software that I use on sivlebot.com to track visitors on sivlebot.com it in no way is used in conjunction with this plugin.

    I regret that this mistake was made but can guarantee that it in no way limits the overall quality of the plugin. I have spoken to Brian Chappell and Ignite and he has relayed to me that future releases of the plugin will not include this index file.

    Again, I am sorry for this mistake.

    Joe Hall
    JOZSOFT

    [edited for spelling errors]

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