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#151 milestone 11

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:36

Scribble Live is the tool which powers the live coverage - I presume you've been on the page with the live coverage of the final day of the Barcelona test?

If you've got any more info about what Kaspersky is telling you (or a screenshot), could you share that with me so that I can ask our developers to look into this?


Hi Simon, I got so cheesed off that I altered the settings in Kaspersky to allow the data collection on Autosport which has at least made the machine usable. I've been on the live coverage all of this test as well as the first too and have not encountered the problems seen this morning.
The only information that Kaspersky was giving me, Web analytics - ScribbleLive - blocked 480 attempts to collect data. There is clearly nothing dangerous within, for Kaspersky would block anyway, I just get paranoid to see so many in 4 hours which haven't been evident on other days.

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#152 Ellios

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 20:47

Not sure it's a dodgy advert, as Malwarebytes is blocking content - but this only started happening today

 

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#153 Tim Murray

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 05:07

For the last few months I've been experiencing an intermittent problem with 'expanding' ads on my mobile (Safari on iPhone6, in the UK). If there are sufficient posts between the ad and the reply box the effect is minimal as the ad stays behind the posts, which can still be read:

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If, however, the ad is close to the reply box, its expansion covers the reply box and makes it very difficult to type a reply:

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As I said, the ad expansion is intermittent - I'd say it happens around 50% of the time - and quite often causes no problem as the reply box is still accessible. It is very frustrating, though, when the reply box does get covered.

I and others have reported this problem on a number of occasions since my first report quoted above, but it’s still happening. This morning I opened two consecutive threads on my mobile in which I was unable to post as an ad was completely covering the reply box. The problem seems to have got worse in recent weeks. Can nothing be done?

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#154 Zmeej

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 12:41

They don't cause technical problems that I can tell, but "Asia Charm" ads for "girls" and "lots of gorgeous woman" ... really?

I mean, really?

Or has someone hacked Autosport's Toronto-area ad server?

Edited by Zmeej, 09 April 2018 - 05:55.


#155 FLB

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 20:29

I've just had an add try to redirect me.



#156 Zmeej

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 20:33

Hmmm.

Now the "Asia Charm" ads are appearing both as banners and alongside posts. :down:

Assume that this doubling down has occurred with no reference to my post above...

Is there someone from the admin crew ready to respond, or are y'all still collating?

#157 Vitesse2

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 21:07

http://forums.autosp...us-to-help-you/



#158 Zmeej

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 22:11

iPad
Safari
Toronto - Canada

#159 YoungGun

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 23:23

They don't cause technical problems that I can tell, but "Asia Charm" ads for "girls" and "lots of gorgeous woman" ... really?

I mean, really?

Or has someone hacked Autosport's Toronto-area ad server?

 

LMAO, I posted the same about some airplane dude's pic's in PC. People do complain a lot about of their own wrong doing.  :cool:


Edited by YoungGun, 09 April 2018 - 23:24.


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#160 Zmeej

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 04:18

Wha?

#161 Tim Murray

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 04:31

Possible clues here:

https://www.theguard...b-girls-twitter

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:22

Joking about targeting aside, these sort of ads should never appear on Autosport.

 

If you're seeing them, please could you send me a screenshot and (if you don't mind clicking on them), the URL which you're being sent through to?



#163 Zmeej

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 16:08

Messrs Murray & YG :wave:

FWIW have never visited or viewed a site like that, and certainly not with Mme's iPad, which would be playing with fire. :cool:

#164 YoungGun

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 17:00

Z, have you ever clicked on an image posted in a forum? If you have, then depending on how it was linked it either pops up a higher resolution image or takes you to the link site. That was the case with some airplane images posted in that forum.


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#165 Zmeej

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 20:49

OK, but that's different.

#166 YoungGun

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 22:39

Different how? Is Grayson supposed to police against that too? 



#167 Zmeej

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:35

Is that what you think I'm suggesting?

#168 mangeliiito

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 18:33

I can't visit the forums by phone anymore. I get this pop up adverts saying I won a phone or whatever, sometimes the phone buzzes and sometimes not. But I have to force quit and clear the cache. It happens both with chrome and Samsung's own, and it only happens on this site.



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Posted 28 April 2018 - 19:00

I only had Autosport open when I got a red screen telling me I had a problem with Chrome. It seems to be a currently active malware (something *.win).



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:32

My antivirus just flashed a threat linked to exchangeinterface.global.ssl.fastly.net (infected by JS:ScriptIP-inf (Trj). It's a Trojan Horse.

 

This was while loading the Toro Rosso topic on Racing Comments.


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#171 johnmhinds

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:50

On my phone i’ve been getting auto-redirected to the iOS App Store by Sky Betting and Sky Casino ads for the last few days.

1/4 of pages dump me out of Safari to try and get me to buy their scummy betting apps.

Edited by johnmhinds, 15 May 2018 - 05:58.


#172 johnmhinds

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 17:47

Same thing is still happening, took me two reloads to even get to this page to post.

#173 Frood

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 11:23

Yep, I’m also starting to get some redirects on iOS/Safari on both iPhone and iPad.

First redirect is always to a “base64” with a long string address, then a redirect again to

https://www.skybet.c...1062_2018-05-30

#174 Grayson

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 11:34

Thanks.

 

We've made a couple of changes this morning which it looks like we might need to reverse...



#175 Frood

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 16:23

Hi Simon, it seemed to go away yesterday but it’s back again this afternoon. Same redirect to Sky Bet.

#176 Zmeej

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:35

The dodginess that is annoying recently is not of any particular advert, but the fact that adverts cover up the "quote" and "like this" buttons.

:evil:

#177 Zmeej

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 11:27

Fixed, it seems... :)

#178 Tim Murray

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 16:52

Nothing’s improved where I am:

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#179 Tim Murray

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:37

I’ve not seen one of these for a while, but this just popped up uninvited:

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When I clicked ‘Close’ I was taken here:

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The only way I was able to get rid of this page was to manually type a different web address into the box.

The associated URL is:

https://eu.bestrewar...018081706170235

I’m using an iPhone 6 running Safari, in the UK.

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#180 Grayson

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:33

Thanks Tim - that's very thorough so I hope that's enough info for our ad tech team to identify the malicious ad provider who is letting these slip through!

 

Apologies again that we're doing such a slow job of stamping these out.



#181 Tim Murray

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 17:22

And again:

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#182 Frood

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 15:28

I'm getting the same as Tim; same redirects; both on Firefox and Safari on iOS, iPhone 6S.



#183 Tim Murray

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 15:47

I was just about to post that I’ve been experiencing them regularly since I posted the screenshots above, probably half a dozen times each day, but before I could start typing, lo and behold, another one popped up. :well:

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:14

I was just about to post that I’ve been experiencing them regularly since I posted the screenshots above, probably half a dozen times each day, but before I could start typing, lo and behold, another one popped up. :well:

Same here. Annoying as hell and basically makes the forum unreadable. :well:

#185 FLB

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 13:37

Same here. Annoying as hell and basically makes the forum unreadable. :well:

Same, just now. 



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Posted 26 August 2018 - 04:17

The pop up ads have gotten way out of hand, and I’m going to have to take a break from the forum because I can’t handle it anymore

I can’t browse a page for more than 10 seconds without being treated to a pop up ad that forcibly redirects me to another site claiming I have been selected to win a $1000 Amazon.com gift card. Pressing the ‘back’ button removes the pop-up only for a more aggressive redirect to occur. They escalate from offering a ‘special gift’, to offering a free iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, to then offering a service titled ‘Local Sex Finder’, a page offering ‘women looking for long-term relationships’, and finally a page titled ‘Well Hello’ asking me to select from three pictures of women’s exposed breasts and genitals. The last is from the following link:

http://congratulatio...=0&rwidth=0&e=4

I’ve had enough. I thought Autosport had more class than this but clearly not. Selling your integrity is not a sustainable strategy.

#187 FLB

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 13:47

Something from cpafireboost to orgeles-hantests to mediatrackapi to server3.cybertoothtiger.info



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Posted 26 August 2018 - 21:07

The pop up ads have gotten way out of hand, and I’m going to have to take a break from the forum because I can’t handle it anymore

I can’t browse a page for more than 10 seconds without being treated to a pop up ad that forcibly redirects me to another site claiming I have been selected to win a $1000 Amazon.com gift card. Pressing the ‘back’ button removes the pop-up only for a more aggressive redirect to occur. They escalate from offering a ‘special gift’, to offering a free iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, to then offering a service titled ‘Local Sex Finder’, a page offering ‘women looking for long-term relationships’, and finally a page titled ‘Well Hello’ asking me to select from three pictures of women’s exposed breasts and genitals. The last is from the following link:

http://congratulatio...=0&rwidth=0&e=4

I’ve had enough. I thought Autosport had more class than this but clearly not. Selling your integrity is not a sustainable strategy.


I have ad-envy. Mine are nowhere near as exotic as yours

#189 Afterburner

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 02:26

I have ad-envy. Mine are nowhere near as exotic as yours

Especially odd, considering (no joke) I don't watch porn. :lol: I'd imagine they'd be better off targeting someone more easily persuaded by such material.  ;)

#190 Grayson

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 11:05

I’ve had enough. I thought Autosport had more class than this but clearly not. Selling your integrity is not a sustainable strategy.

 

Our ads guys have promised me that they're working on this today.

 

We're only serving ads through the big exchanges which are supposed to be reliable (including Google, but also companies like Rubicon and Pubmatic who aren't household names). The problem seems to be that scammers and fraudsters are tricking their way onto the schedule of the big ad networks. By the time they're caught (and removed) you guys have already seen them multiple times.

 

The ones that were getting through on the weekend should all have been blocked. Can you let me know if you see any more? We're looking for a permanent solution to this rather than playing whack-a-mole with these all of the time...



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Posted 28 August 2018 - 15:02

Our ads guys have promised me that they're working on this today.

We're only serving ads through the big exchanges which are supposed to be reliable (including Google, but also companies like Rubicon and Pubmatic who aren't household names). The problem seems to be that scammers and fraudsters are tricking their way onto the schedule of the big ad networks. By the time they're caught (and removed) you guys have already seen them multiple times.

The ones that were getting through on the weekend should all have been blocked. Can you let me know if you see any more? We're looking for a permanent solution to this rather than playing whack-a-mole with these all of the time...

I sent you an e-mail about this after I thought the better of the way my post was worded, so apologies for that. I will keep an eye out for these. Thanks for working on it. :up:

#192 Tim Murray

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 21:28

Still no respite:

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from this URL:

https://eu.whitegift...3NpdGVkb21haW59

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 22:19

Still no respite:

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from this URL:

https://eu.whitegift...3NpdGVkb21haW59

#metoo.
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iPad on os11.4
All day long

http://congratulatio...=0&rwidth=0&e=4

Edited by jonpollak, 30 August 2018 - 22:22.


#194 Grayson

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 09:32

Thanks Jon.

 

Which country were you in when you saw that?



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Posted 02 September 2018 - 05:20

Denver Colorado.

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 16:00

Hijacking adds Still happening on my new IPad but not on phone or laptop. I'm connected to a Sprint cellular router.

#197 Tim Murray

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 08:16

This is just to record that I’ve had no further pop-ups since the one I posted above on 28th August. Fingers crossed. :)

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 19:40

Still getting molested by the pop-up ads, particularly the ones related to the ‘hipstarclub’ link. US viewer, iOS 11, iPhone 6s.

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 19:36

Still getting hammered by the pop-up redirecting ads that trigger the ‘Local Sex Finder’ when hitting the back button, in addition to the others. Had to avoid one six times just in the process of writing this post. I am now starting a link repository for these. Any update on this issue yet? They’re starting to cause Safari on my phone to crash.

http://us.dichotomiz...iaid=pulsepoint
http://congratulatio...=0&rwidth=0&e=4
http://us.estrum147y...iaid=pulsepoint
http://us.philanthro...iaid=pulsepoint
http://us.polarized8...iaid=pulsepoint
http://us.plagiarize...iaid=pulsepoint
http://us.elegizing8...iaid=pulsepoint
http://freeprize.gq/...rce=pulsepoint#
https://giftcenterau...09131729432463#
https://bestrewardpo...18091400570053#

Edited by Afterburner, 14 September 2018 - 00:58.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 00:31

My gripe is not one of annoying adverts, but the fact that subscription to Autosport Plus is supposed to remove advertising. Instead, what I've got is an Autosport Plus only advert in disguise as an article.

 

https://www.autospor...omas-cook-sport

 

This is an advert for Thomas Cook, and a very cynical way to take advertising to the subscribers who pay to not get advertising.

 

Poor job guys! Either give content free to everybody with adverts, or do as you claim and take a subscription which removes ALL advertising.