This post has nothing to do with solar energy, but I’ve recently noticed video pop up advertisements on several websites I manage, and have tracked the source of the problem to the sitemeter.com visitor counter code installed on those sites. I can’t find any mention of this problem on the web (since the videos don’t always pop up many sitemeter users probably haven’t realized where the videos are coming from), so I wanted to put something online for others to find.
When I examine a sitemeter counter with Firebug, I see the following code, which includes a gratuitous <iframe> tag for something from specificclick.net:
<iframe width=”0″ height=”0″ frameborder=”0″ src=”http://dg.specificclick.net/?y=3&t=h&u=http%3A%2F%2Fohvec.org%2F&r=”>
Additionally, if you go to sitemeter.com a, video popup always appears (at least it did everytime I cancelled a sitemeter account today). Note that the I normally use Firefox, but these popups also appear in Chrome. Curiously, they don’t seem to appear using Internet Explorer. Also, the sitemeter ‘contact’ page features a prominent link for ‘Advertising Opportunities’ through SiteMeter’s new partner, SpecificMedia.com, so my initial thought that SiteMeter had merely been hacked was simply wishful thinking. It would have been a brilliant hack – pushing ads on thousands of unsuspecting sites with a single hack (assuming sitemeter still has that many customers after the 2008 incedent), but the pop ups are apparently intentional, perhaps now the ‘cost’ of a free sitemeter account.
<html> <head> <body> <div id=”container”> <div id=”player”> <div id=”viewport”>
<div id=”cover” style=”background-image: url(https://a3-images.myspacecdn.com/images03/11/c66c152994ae4edbb8313d771ff506a7/full.jpg);”> <button></button> </div>
<object id=”stage” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ data=”https://x.myspacecdn.com/new/common/swf/APIPlayer.2.13.334.91e9dce7d3a7aec2918ae846779a9880.swf” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”> </div>
<div id=”control-bar”> <div id=”share-card”> <button id=”share-btn”> <button id=”ad-skipper”> <button id=”close-btn”></button> <a id=”logo” target=”_blank” href=”/myspace/video/dark-rooms-keep-it-inside-live-/109466234″></a> </div> </div> <script src=”//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.0.3/jquery.min.js”>
<script> <script src=”https://x.myspacecdn.com/new/common/js/embeds.D449D77ECF65463607385079B527E8DE.min.js”>
<iframe id=”scomm” width=”0″ height=”0″ src=”https://x.myspacecdn.com/new/common/html/scomm.782b85c048f5996874a47f427bb592ac.html#scomm1385297583688″ style=”border: 0px none;”>
<object id=”clipboard” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ data=”https://x.myspacecdn.com/new/common/swf/ZeroClipboard.9f4401cdc4405d0730362256b4c04cc0.swf” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”>
<script src=”https://x.myspacecdn.com/new/embeds/js/videoEmbed.8CA40CBB730119950CAAEFF6E93B1950.min.js”> </body> </html> </iframe>
<iframe width=”2″ scrolling=”no” height=”2″ frameborder=”0″ marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ style=”display: none;” src=”http://log.sitemeter.com/log?trans=true&iframe=false&whl=5&wc=true&url=http://www.sitemeter.com/default.asp&ref=http://www.sitemeter.com/&iurl=&rnd=52597276″> <script src=”//x.vindicosuite.com/imp/?l=169943&t=j&u=&r=&rnd=569154″> </html>