Radians College: What Is Going On With that Web Site?

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:

Screenshot from 2016-05-02 12:14:07

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:

Screenshot from 2016-05-02 12:15:24

Wow, lots of hits for forex but also for money. I wondered if there was additional spam for money. And there was!

Screenshot from 2016-05-02 12:16:15

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:

Screenshot from 2016-05-02 12:37:49

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.

4 thoughts on “Radians College: What Is Going On With that Web Site?

  1. interestingly .. https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/index.html#url=radianscollege.edu marked as not dangerous

    Connecting to EDU.whois-servers.net…

    Radians College
    1025 Vermont Ave., NW Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20005
    UNITED STATES

    Administrative Contact:
    William Winkowski
    Medtech – Radians College
    1025 Vermont Ave., NW Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20005
    UNITED STATES
    (317) 845-0300
    wwinkowski@medtech.edu

    Technical Contact:
    Technical Ops
    Technical
    Medtech College
    1025 Vermont Ave., NW Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20005
    UNITED STATES
    (202) 291-9020
    tops@medtech.edu

    Connecting to EDU.whois-servers.net…

    Medtech Institute
    2839 Paces Ferry Road, suite 400
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    UNITED STATES

    Administrative Contact:
    George Hantzios
    VP of IS
    Medtech Institute
    2839 Paces Ferry Road, suite 400
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    UNITED STATES
    (678) 486-8306
    helpdesk@medtech.edu

    Technical Contact:
    George Hantzios
    VP of IS
    Medtech Institute
    2839 Paces Ferry Road, suite 400
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    UNITED STATES
    (678) 486-8306
    helpdesk@medtech.edu

    • I looked into contacting Medtech, but after poking around a little I realized I was taking way too much time with this and had to get back to my other work.

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