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I appear to have been hacked and readers are seeing an annoying floating ad. I'm attempting to deal with it. In the meantime, blocking scripts from seems to help.

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In case it helps fyi I only see the ad if I access the site via through one of my bookmarks.

Don't see it if I access via squarespace

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterclivere

It's for a hair product, maybe a sarcastic hacker 8)

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:07 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos


At least not a shirt.

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:13 PM | Registered Commenterjferguson

The ad and related popups are pretty annoying, I'd assumed it was coming from squarespace.

Anyway it's pretty funny, you currently have the hockeystick of ads on the internet.

(I blame any typos on the annoying box bouncing around the screen!)

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterredc

Same here, only see the ad on the .net site.

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn B

It looks as if the DNS settings on the domain have been altered.

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:37 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

It's the grammar as much as anything. "We focus on every details". Self-evidently not.. :)

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

"We focus on every details"

Sounds like a great summation of the entirety of Climate Science!

Jun 7, 2015 at 3:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterredc

Gone now. (This is on .net)

Jun 7, 2015 at 4:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterArthur Peacock

Getting the ADblocker extension from Google also handles it.


Jun 7, 2015 at 4:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Ratliffe

Thanks Bishop, good to be back to normal service.

Jun 7, 2015 at 5:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

I was seeing an annoying ed.

but he's gone now

Jun 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterEternalOptimist

Still affecting .net for me. As you say it looks like a DNS hack: it sems that they redirected the site to a server which serves a copy of the squarespace site but with the ad pasted on top, and with links redirected to the hair product site.

Jun 7, 2015 at 6:16 PM | Registered CommenterJonathan Jones

Isn't the idea of advertising to encourage people to use your product. Surely an ad that pisses everyone off is going to have the opposite effect. An ad for hair products is going to be wasted on me anyway, I'm as bald as a billiard ball.

Jun 7, 2015 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterStonyground

Thanks Bish!

Jun 7, 2015 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterWijnand

Noscript, Adblock and Flashblock keeps my Firefox crisp and clean.

Jun 7, 2015 at 6:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

I got adblock plus which has enhanced my online life by 76%. Worked out well for me.

Jun 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

"An ad for hair products is going to be wasted on me anyway, I'm as bald as a billiard ball." --Stonyground

God created only a certain number of perfect heads. The rest, he covered with hair.

Jun 7, 2015 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar

Re Stonyground

> Surely an ad that pisses everyone off is going to have the opposite effect

The 97% it pisses off are irrelevant, it's the 3% that really matter.

Jun 7, 2015 at 10:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS


That rules out Monckton as the culprit.

Jun 7, 2015 at 10:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell are the perpetrators!

Jun 8, 2015 at 12:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Catley

In Ubuntu/Firefox, right click on the add; choose 'inspect element', then in the inspection window which appears at the bottom of the page, choose 'delete element'. This will get rid of the annoyance -- at least until you jump to the next page.

Jun 8, 2015 at 12:52 AM | Unregistered Commenterdadgervais
Jun 8, 2015 at 3:38 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Still getting it on my Nexus tablet.

Jun 8, 2015 at 8:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

For Android there is NoRoot Firewall which should allow you to block the spammers - it's also useful for blocking those apps that want all your data for reasons that appear to have nothing to do with the functionality of the app itself......

Jun 8, 2015 at 9:51 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Well, I thought it was gone from my system ... but, alas I was mistaken :-(

So here I am (via Chrome on my new [not yet fully equipped with compatible versions of my apps] Win 8.1 machine) back at hoping against hope that this shameless aggrannoyance has not succeeded in infecting my system (and my iPad)

This, btw, is after investing almost 2 hours of my time on Saturday with my ISP tech support [transcript available on request!] educating him and (obviously unsuccessfully) attempting to find some solution which would block and/or cast this illiterate and illegitimate little demon out of my view (and systems??!)

Jun 8, 2015 at 11:06 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

2 observations
- Yes it seems like a virus. Someone should tell the hair company not to pay the bill for their clickperview advertsing as some hacker has found this trick to divert traffic to their page.
#2 it may cause bishop-hill to be blocked as a site hosting malicious software ..possibly the hackers aim. - seems OK took ages to load ..and the floating ad came back on first click

Jun 8, 2015 at 11:26 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

For the record ... Just accessed (with considerable trepidation, I might add!) via my (very old and now very slow) Win 7 ultimate machine (which uses a different anti-virus program: McAfee here and Avaz there) and have not seen it.

@stewgreen ... thought also occurs to me that haircompany may not be legit either, simply a "front" designed solely for malevolent purpose(s). To my mind, squarespace should be on constant alert for such b*stards which could affect/infect their users (and visitors to their users sites)

Jun 8, 2015 at 11:55 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

As Bish says - it's looking like a DNS hijack

see HERE - it'll likely take a while to get straightened out as the DNS database is updated..... Squarespace servers were iirc in New York and not in Asia-Pacific.

Not sure what the hairco has to gain - something more malevolent further down the line? Effin irritating it is 'tho.

Jun 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM | Registered Commentertomo

I removed it by right clicking on it and applying the adblocker I use. Certainlt gone now.

Jun 8, 2015 at 12:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

The floating ad is gone after blocking it pics and scripts from (note the plural), but links on the page are also hijacked. I'm going to use my firewall to block that domain.

Jun 8, 2015 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterDean_from_Ohio

I saw the floating ad earlier today from a Windows computer. Now on linux I don't see it. Both running Firefox with Adblock Plus. I hope it is gone for good.

Jun 8, 2015 at 7:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterAmatør1

Jun 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM | tomo

What actually happened? Does the redirected IP just inject the ad and then redirect back to the original page? I doubt they would mirror the original site?

Jun 8, 2015 at 7:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterRob Burton


"I was seeing an annoying ed. but he's gone now"

You'd think so, but it didn't stop the Today programme from wheeling him* in this morning to discuss the G7 proposal to do away with fossil fuels. They must have been pretty desperate.

*Assuming you meant Davey, of course. I'd forgotten about the other one.. :-(

Jun 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

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