Motorola’s PR site: Hacked or promoting porn?

Motorola is now officially promoting porn. It’s either that or their web site has been hacked. I’m saying this because while reading Motorola’s press release about a £10,000 film making contest for Moto Z10 slider phone, I was surprised to find out that the first link to Motorola’s UK web site actually goes to a spam site.

And not just any other spam site, but a spam porn site. It’s actually called xxxxxxxxxxxx.com, which even at first glance gives you quite a clear picture as to what you can find inside its pages.

The link that I’m referring to is the link with the anchor text www.hellomoto.co.uk. It’s the last thing to be found on the sixth paragraph on the page, and is prefixed with the words “For more details, check out…” under the “MOTO Z10 Competition” header

Motorola Z10

Clicking on the link brings you to a page with links to sources of porn on the Internet, and while I can’t say for sure how much damage this will do to your computer (if any), this is obviously not supposed to be the case, because really, when was the last time you read a company press release that contained a link to a porno site? Well?

The reason behind this can easily be seen by viewing the source code of the sorry web page. The link to Moto’s UK web site has been tampered with, and changed into something that goes to xxxxxxxxxx.com in all its glory. Here’s a screenshot of the web page source code.

Z10 PR Hacked Source Code

So it seems that someone who had access to the web page’s source code altered the link so that it goes to the porno site instead of Moto’s UK web site. If so then there are two possibilities: 1) that one of the Moto PR site web masters decided to play a trick on the ailing phone manufacturer by linking their Z10 PR page to that porn site; or 2) a hacker gained access to it by himself and modified the code from the outside (if that’s even possible).

But the fact remains, Moto’s Z10 press release page contains a link to a porn site. Do I really need to say more?

See Motorola Z10 Press Release

Update: Well, I guess  someone at Motorola read our article.  Few hours after it was published, the offending link was removed and replaced by a correct link to hellomoto.co.uk

Author: David Gonzales

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  • g

    I bet that it was another worker perusing porn on his computer and accidentally copying and pasting the web address into his notepad as he scrambled to make it look like he was working when the boss came near him. believe me i have all sorts of experience in faking work but this guy just made a blunder no hax no intentional jocular follies just a lazy office worker trying to fake his way to friday

  • Cris

    True that! Although Motorola should start on fixing this thing soon.

  • http://www.hotrow.com Johnson

    Well at least a porn site would have been interesting, compared to Moto's new lame attempt of staying afloat…

  • http://www.hotrow.com Johnson

    Well at least a porn site would have been interesting, compared to Moto's new lame attempt of staying afloat…