Things people do ...

, posted: 17-Jun-2011 15:56

I get a lot of email, and don't normally notice things like formatting or even images. Once in a while something sticks out like a sore thumb though, which is what happened today in an HTML email from Microsoft's PR people.
The MS logo was slow to load, and Gmail displayed the URL to it while it happened. Here it is:
As .ro is one of the those top level domains, the ones that set off alarm bells to anyone vaguely interested in IT security, I stopped the download of the file.
I mean, why would Microsoft's PR agency host a graphics file on a Romanian server? Something must be wrong.
The site above seems harmless enough, albeit sad, a Romanian association for parents who have children with cancer and leukaemia.

They might be wondering why their webserver is getting so many hits from New Zealand.

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