eval evil. Spyjax used to be one of those evil things but browsers seem to have figured that out. One technique I've seen lately is clickjacking -- presenting a link as one URL but then changing the URL quickly to trick the user. Let me show you what I've seen.
When visiting CNBC, I would occasionally command+click a link to a post to open it in a new window, but Google Chrome would refuse via the popup blocker. That confused me -- I'm triggering a "native" action, why is the popup blocker hassling me? Because CNBC was being gangsta:
<a href="/some-url" onmousedown="this.href='/some-other-url';">Misleading Link Title</a>
href to the "bad" address upon mousedown, thus changing the destination before the use knew it. This is an incredibly shady practice with only one possible purpose: gaming the user and possibly even search engines.
It's impressive that Chrome detected CNBC's technique and blocked the click. Clickjacking could become a serious issue and I've lost a lot of trust in CNBC. If you're participating in this practice, it may be best to stop -- the browsers are on to you.
Couldn’t agree more Dave, there are numerous other “methods” if the site owner wanted to utilise some form of redirect – this is insidious at best! One wonders what it would do to the ranking of a page once Google starts investigating the validity of these “links” – even CNBC might not be safe from some finger wagging by the Search Engines…
Well, Google does this on the search results themselves, so does that count? It is especially annoying if you want to copy a search result via “copy link address” or similar. Same for OneDrive.
It seems even more shocking that you had any trust in CNBC. Not surprised.