I have a bunch of Google Alerts aimed at getting information on new pages from .edu sites. Because of that, I occasionally get information about spam on a page via an abandoned software installation or PHP injection. Often I’ll e-mail the college about it. They’ll ignore it (I rarely hear back) but I’ve done my bit and I move on.
But wow, Radians College, you took it to the next level. My dear readers, I hope very much you don’t have anything important stashed on that institution’s servers.
I was going through my alerts this morning and I saw that I had gotten a ton of hits on Radians and the word forex. That wasn’t one of my usual hits for Web spam (it’s usually drugs or something like that) so I Googled the Web site to get a little more background.
And got this from Google:
So much for going through the site looking for an IT contact. I backed off and did a general search for forex and the college site. And got a bucketload of results:
Wow, lots of hits for forex but also for money. I wondered if there was additional spam for money. And there was!
At this point I decided that whatever was in Radians College’s servers was really in there tight. And it didn’t make any sense that there would be that much spam but nothing about drugs (Drug spam is without question the .edu spam I see most in my Google Alerts.) I thought that searching for drugs on the Radians Web site would give me too many false positives, as it’s a nursing school. I’d hit pages on classes, teaching materials, etc.
Nah, I needn’t have worried:
The Twitter account isn’t verified, but what I think is the Radians College Twitter account hasn’t been updated for about six months, and the Facebook page (again, not verified) hasn’t been updated since the beginning of October.
If anybody knows a Radians College IT person, could you please tell them that their site needs some serious cleaning? And if you’ve ever given that site any personal or financial information, you might want to double check it.