It's becoming a ridiculous world.

  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 14:40:06 -0500

An e-mail security filter used by Yahoo has spawned a bizarre revision of
the text in hundreds of Web sites by deleting letter combinations that
could be used by hackers and replacing them with innocuous words. For
example, "eval" has been converted to "review", so that the word "medieval"
now appears as "medireview" on many sites. A recent search conducted by
British Internet site NTK found that 640 different Web sites now contain
the word "medireview" in place of "medieval." The offending words, which
also include "mocha" (changed to "espresso") and "expression" (replaced by
"statement"), are blacklisted because they could be used for cross-site
scripting -- embedding potentially dangerous code into a Web page or an
e-mail message written in HTML. (New Scientist 15 Jul 2002)

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