"javascript hell" - proz.com profile link in gmail signature linking to jshell.net
Thread poster: Lianne van de Ven

Lianne van de Ven  Identity Verified
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Jan 19, 2016

Hello everyone,

I just discovered that the link to my proz.com profile (that I have had in my gmail signature field for years) started to link to a url of fiddle.jshell.net.

The full link (not sure if it hurts to click it - I just wanted to show the intercepted URL) is:

Earlier this week I received a reply to one of my mails which included copy of my own mail including signature and I noticed a warning text in bold red inserted in that part of my signature stating that that signature might be impersonating someone else or something along those lines. I put the issue on my list of things to do.

I understand by now that jshell.net must stand for Javascript Hell.

It probablyh started after I installed code to display my Twitter feed and Instagram pics to spruce up my profile page, just a few months ago. This requires you to give your proz.com profile page permission to run javascript when you are installing script and when you view the page. It must be insecure and have allowed for this interception to happen. I removed the Twitter and Instagram content from my profile page (and as precaution also on my website) and the link in my gmail signature goes to the correct page again.

I am curious to know if this has happened to others but I don't have much time to research this now. Looking forward to get some reactions. Thanks.

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