Skip to main content

Rise of the Robots

By Harry Fuecks

Programming

Share:

😳 Ever felt a little embarassed sharing your JavaScript? Let's fix it.

Quick factual / historical note regarding Anonymizing RFI Attacks Through Google which Stefan and Ilia both referenced today.

As far as I know the notion of “programming” legitimate 3rd-party web spiders to attack other sites was first raised back in 2001 by Michal Zalewski (also wikipedia) in Against the System: Rise of the Robots.

Not that I’m hunting hacker-cred – ran into it via his book Silence on the Wire (which is a great read BTW – ever thought about how those Javascript key press events uniquely identify you?).

Harry Fuecks is the Engineering Project Lead at Tamedia and formerly the Head of Engineering at Squirro. He is a data-driven facilitator, leader, coach and specializes in line management, hiring software engineers, analytics, mobile, and marketing. Harry also enjoys writing and you can read his articles on SitePoint and Medium.