Hypertext 2010 Security Hole: All papers downloadable and editable by anyone (2 month before conference start)

In June the ACM Hypertext 2010 will take place in Toronto. Some days ago I wanted to upload the camera ready versions of three papers being accepted at the conference. And… I was surprised. By email I got a link to a web page (namely

http://www.sheridanprinting.com/acm/sigweb-ht/sigweb-ht.cfm?id=ht104,

http://www.sheridanprinting.com/acm/sigweb-ht/sigweb-ht.cfm?id=ht105, and

http://www.sheridanprinting.com/acm/sigweb-ht/sigweb-ht.cfm?id=ht121)

on which I could upload my camera ready papers, specify the authors, keywords, etc. No password or other kind of authorization had to be entered. Now, guess what. I played around with the URL and tried, for instance, to open the following URLs in my browser.

http://www.sheridanprinting.com/acm/sigweb-ht/sigweb-ht.cfm?id=ht100

http://www.sheridanprinting.com/acm/sigweb-ht/sigweb-ht.cfm?id=ht107

You can probably guess what happened: I could edit the details (and see the private email addresses the primary authors provided) and upload PDF files for the other papers being accepted at Hypertext just by changing the URL. That means, I could have added or modified the author list, changed the title or uploaded a modied PDF.

The screenshot shows the user interface on which I could have changed the data for the paper “Dealing with the Video Tidal Wave: The Relevance of Expertise for Video Tagging” by Sara Darvish and Alvin Chin (here is a list of all papers being accepted at Hypertext 2010)

Academic Search Engine Optimization: What others think about it

In January we published our article about Academic Search Engine Optimization (ASEO). As expected, feedback varied strongly. Here are some of the opinions on ASEO:

Search engine optimization (SEO) has a golden age in this internet era, but to use it in academic research, it sounds quite strange for me. After reading this publication (pdf) focusing on this issue, my opinion changed.

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ASEO sounds good to me. I think it’s a good idea.

Good Article..

As you have probably guessed from the above criticisms, I thought that the article was a piece of crap.

In my opinion, being interested in how (academic) search engines function and how scientific papers are indexed and, of course, responding to these… well… circumstances of the scientific citing business is just natural.

Check out the following Blogs to read more about it (some in German and Dutch) (more…)