‘I caught a virus from Murdoch’s organ’ – famous secret hooker • The Register

by peterjukes

She reports that she opened a message sent to a webmail account associated with the original Belle de Jour blog. This message, sent by a Sunday Times journalist, contained an attachment that failed to download.

Magnanti opened the email from a library in Florida, where she was staying at the time, but didn’t reply. In fact, she asked a friend based in Australia to reply in an attempt to throw her hunters off her scent.

Nonetheless, days later journos from the Sunday Times began asking the people who were hosting the site about whether Belle de Jour was based in Florida.

It could be that the original message was sent with a request that a reply be sent once it was opened and that this revealed her IP address. Alternatively a so-called “web bug” in an HTML-formatted email could have been used. Such bugs typically involve including a file – perhaps an invisible one-pixel image – which is hosted elsewhere: when the email is viewed the request for the file gives away the reader’s IP address to the hosting server, unless appropriate precautions are in place. Malware need not be involved to explain what happened.

via ‘I caught a virus from Murdoch’s organ’ – famous secret hooker • The Register.

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