Myspace profile trackers – not only a privacy leakage!

January 30, 2007

When writing about the stalkertrack myspace tracker scam I didn’t speak about the service in itself, as users are promised access to it, but will never ever receive it from stalkertrack.com. But the whole issue of profile trackers at Myspace is indeed interesting and worth an extra post. At the Washington Post Security Fix Brian Krebs covered that a few months ago, but only gave a vague idea about the technical details and possibilities on myspace.

There are two different kind of myspace tracking services out there. Those who go with the Myspace TOS and those who don’t. The legitimate services (like profilesnitch.com) can only show the data that every homepage owner can gather from his visitors: the visitors location (via ip), time, operating system, etc. The latter ones can show you the profile nickname, picture and even the registered email address of every myspace user visiting your profile on top! This surely is a serious privacy leakage that myspace needs to fix permanently. The illegitimate services are only stopped from working, as Myspace manually deactivates them, as their hide-and-seek continues. Using custom hosted scripts (available via ebay (1, 2) and other scripts that are not publicly sold like “Project Tenyer” the script used by stalkertrack.com, you can circumvent this limitation and host the scripts yourself.
These javascripts read the email address and all Myspace IDs the user was ever logged in on the same PC and grabs the profile picture, name, and URL from home.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user (which is where the myspace user’s main panel is) where they can edit their profile, etc. The information contained in the cookie alone is sufficient that the tracker user can get the full user privileges for for the length of the active session (that lasts 6 hours). He is only stopped from changing email address or password by myspace security routines.

As long as all authentication cookies and user-maintenanced pages are hosted on the same domain it is very hard if not impossible to fight trackers and other cross-site-scripting attacks on myspace. There’s a good reason why intelligent companies like Google keep it’s users homepages out of reach of the google.com domain, but gives them googlepages.com URLs and social networks like flickr disallow any kind of active user-content to be included into user pages. It is now Myspace’s task to restructure it’s architecture to a safe environment for all surfers. This plus the fact that Myspace saves a unneccessary high amount of data in it’s cookies make such trackers so easy to realize.

39 responses to Myspace profile trackers – not only a privacy leakage!

  1. hello!
    could ihve myspace tracker?please?

  2. Great blog and good idea! Congrats from NYC

    Sebastian

  3. please send me the profile tracker..

  4. Sherrie J Webber March 20, 2007 at 05:03

    none

  5. this is a great idea.may i pls have a myspace tracker.

  6. good idea with the tracker

  7. please send me the profile tracker.

  8. PLEASE! I want it.

  9. Can I please find out who has been looking at myspace.

  10. Send me a myspace tracker please

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  14. i need a tracker asap

  15. How to download this stalker tracker?

    Or how to use it?

    Thank you whoever answer this question.

  16. Yeah, me too……..

    please send me a myspace tracker too……….

    Please…….

  17. please send me a tracker

  18. let me use this please

  19. i would really appreciate it
    thank you

  20. Hey, you can’t just ask for a MySpace tracker, that’s not how it works. 😛

  21. can i hav a my space tracker

  22. hey exuse me i had ask why wait until be unfair no happy and i m happy myspace tracker… please there dosent work its thanks very much

  23. Can i please have the myspace tracker

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  25. send me a myspace tracker please!!!!!!
    CaItLiN

  26. can i have myspace tracker

  27. please send me one to

  28. send me one too ok

  29. PLEASE—send me a tracker ,for my space—PLEASE!!!!!

  30. Pls send one to me too! =)

  31. How do i go about getting this tracker

  32. how do i gett this tracker

  33. pls kindly send me my space tracker

  34. HOW DO I GETT A MY SPACE TRACKER???

  35. can tracking people that spy my frofile can sen or do erase information in my profile