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Greetings All!

 

I'm tending towards the paranoid side today, so someone needs to talk me down about this (please :) ).

 

I was editing my very old (2 years old) main business website today. I'm working on bringing it into the modern age. In the process, I came across the following code:

 

><script src="http://trackmon.itor.us/res/mon_analytics.php?v=1" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
monitorus_account_number ="{NINE_DIGIT_ACCOUNT_NUMBER}";
start_mon_counter();
</script>

 

Where the {NINE_DIGIT_ACCOUNT_CODE} was just a number like 012345678 that I blanked out for the purposes of illustrating the code here (just in case this is something I did and that is my account number).

 

I commented it out, since I do not recall putting it in there. It is possible that this is something like Google Analytics or some such thing since I was trying out systems like that when I built the website. However, I do not distinctly remember putting that code in there. That isn't saying much since I forget lots of things these days. Still, it bothers me.

 

Furthermore, when I searched online for a clue as to what this might be I found nothing of use to me. I even went to the http://trackmon.itor.us website, but was only more freaked out initially when after a very long pause a page popped up that said "It Works!". Ironically, I have just such a page on my WAMP development server (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) but that file is named "index.html-", in other words, I have it set to not load. Furthermore, my personal WAMP platform does not have Apache running right now.

 

So, I did what any normal security minded person would do. I panicked! Then I remembered that for a spell all new Apache installations for Windows created such a page (that was before the nice "Your Installation Is Correctly Installed" type of screen that you now get). So, I changed the text in the index.html- file and reloaded the http://trackmon.itor.us website. This time I again got "It Works!" instead of the new text I put in my index.html- file. (Are you following me? I know it's hard to follow a mentally paranoid fool's thought processes...)

 

So, I had a good chuckle about that. But the question still remains, what is http://trackmon.itor.us? Is anyone familiar with this website and what it does and why I may have put that code into my website?

 

It's perhaps not fair to ask others what I was thinking, but since I cannot remember what I was thinking I figured I may as well give it a shot. :)

 

So, any help here? Am I just paranoid or am I being taken over by an evil force? I can live with paranoia, but am not sure I want to be taken over by an evil force.

 

Any help or comments would be appreciated (even phone numbers to local mental health authorities... :) )

 

Cheers,

 

Patrick

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I'm tending towards the paranoid side today, so someone needs to talk me down about this (please :) ).

 

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Any help or comments would be appreciated (even phone numbers to local mental health authorities... :) )

 

Follow-up: I'll still be needing those mental health numbers please. :)

 

As it turns out, http://moni.tor.us is a website that monitors the uptime for ones websites. Since the URL was showing up as http://trackmon.itor.us and not http://moni.tor.us I did not recognize it (and besides, they changed their domain name to . I did in fact insert that code, but apparently committed a typo when I wrote it (or else that is an alternative website they used to use). Nonetheless, short story long is this this: It is a website I used to use and still use for their remote monitoring products. I ended up not using their analytics package, but was toying with it at one time and I suspect that is when I added that code.

 

The moral of the story is that typos and paranoia do not go well together. :)

 

Hiding my tail between my legs and crawling back into the hole from whence I came...

 

Patrick

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