Who on earth could be attempting to advertise EC-Council College by way of remark spam on my web site? • Graham Cluley


Whenever you run a weblog, one of many issues you end up having to take care of is remark spam.

Generally it is going to be folks attempting to advertise a service that may allow you to cheat at writing essays…

…or promote an internet pharmacy…

…or good old style porn.

You anticipate to have undesirable feedback like this submitted to your weblog, and a great anti-spam plugin (I exploit Akismet) mechanically filters them, that means you don’t need to waste hours every day marking them individually as spam.

However some spam does typically get via. Take this, as an example:

What’s uncommon about this piece of remark spam, is that it’s not shilling dodgy drugs, an essay-writing service, or foot fetish movies, however a web site from EC-Council, a “reputable” cybersecurity organisation.

Sure, somebody has gone to the hassle of discovering a weblog put up the place I wrote about how I used to be talking at an occasion in Helsinki, and used that as an excuse to advertise one in every of EC-Council’s personal companies: the so-called EC-Council College.

EC-Council College claims to be “a premier establishment of upper studying that makes a speciality of cybersecurity applied sciences, enabling its graduates to acquire superior cyber skillsets.” Don’t be fooled by its slick advertising video (I gained’t hyperlink to it right here, why ought to I give them the site visitors?) exhibiting off what’s offered because the college campus. EC-Council College is solely on-line.

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EC-Council itself runs a Licensed Moral Hacker programme, so you’d anticipate it to behave ethically – proper? It could actually’t probably have paid somebody to spice up its search engine optimisation rankings by posting spam on cybersecurity blogs… can it?

Sadly, EC-Council hasn’t lined itself in glory previously with accusations of sexism, “shady practices”, and plagiarism, in addition to quite embarrassingly spreading the Angler ransomware and having its web site defaced with a picture of Edward Snowden’s passport.

I can’t inform you to not search moral hacking certification from EC-Council. However I can counsel that if you’re in search of an internet college to spice up your cybersecurity profession, you don’t accept an outfit that has confirmed itself to be of questionable ethics and totally clueless.

I instructed EC-Council in regards to the remark spam left selling their web site yesterday. It hasn’t responded.

Possibly I ought to wait till a reply is submitted by way of the feedback part beneath… presumably with a hyperlink to one in every of its web sites.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus business having labored for quite a lot of safety corporations because the early Nineties when he wrote the primary ever model of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Home windows. Now an impartial safety analyst, he repeatedly makes media appearances and is an worldwide public speaker on the subject of pc safety, hackers, and on-line privateness.

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