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Cathy Montoya <[log in to unmask]>
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Cathy Montoya <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 14:40:42 -0500
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My colleague, Paula, says that this happened to her as well...she provides
additional insight for those interested in this thread.

>From: [log in to unmask] (Paula Burch)
>Subject: Re: Raunch on the Web - Alert and request for help
>To: [log in to unmask] (Cathy C. Montoya)
>Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 14:13:52 -0500 (CDT)
>Reply-To: [log in to unmask]
>Organization: MBCR, Baylor College of Medicine
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>(Would you please forward this to your
>[log in to unmask] list, Cathy? Thanks.)
>Metta Lansdale wrote:
>> >Subject: Raunch on the Web - Alert and request for help
>> >
>> >[...]
>> >I was notified last night by one of my users that a site I have is
>> >bouncing to a new, presumably unauthorized, page devoted to some
>> >extremely raunchy stuff -- no barriers, just the main thing,
>> >without anyone asking for it.

Paula Burch's response.....

>This happened to us, too, around May 21. At one of my web sites, I
>maintain a directory of biotech lab suppliers. Someone reported to me
>that a link on our page to another suppliers collection page,
>, took her to a porn site. When I checked it the
>next day, it was the same dmr800 address that Ms. Lansdale reported,
>two out of three times; oddly, the first time I tried it, it was a
>different site, although not the porn site.
>I took the link out, but I just now looked at an old cached copy of
>my page at, and the link still redirects one to
> (No, since I wrote that, it has switched back
>to the porn site!) I think that the site we linked to,
>, must have been provided by the same ISP as
>, and that ISP randomizes their old domain names to
>point to whatever they're pushing at the time, perhaps.
>We must make a habit of checking all of our links for
>appropriateness. There are automated tools for detecting broken links,
>but nothing I know of for detecting this sort of thing.
>Paula E. Burch, Ph.D.             Molecular Biology Computation Resource
>Baylor College of Medicine, BCMM M220                voice: 713.798.6023
>One Baylor Plaza, Houston, Texas 77030                 fax: 713.798.4279
>            email: [log in to unmask]