HTML E-Mail Security Concerns

by Daniel S
Carl Both had discovered a flaw within Microsoft and Netscape programs that allows forwarded e-mails to be traced and read. After dabbling around with JavaScript, he had discovered that by adding a certain line of code into any e-mail, he would be able to have access to it once someone forwards that e-mail as long as they too were using HTML/Java-enabled readers. In disbelief, he had tested out this discovery amongst a handful of friends, and sure enough, every forwarded e-mails, along with the comments were being copied and sent to Carl. After contacting Microsoft, he received a reply back that they too acknowledge about the known problem, however they were not going to do anything about it due to customer convenience.

This ties in with our class because we are currently learning about HTML. I figured since most students would write about HTML5, I wanted to be a little bit different, and talk about there security concerns amongst HTML/JavaScript. Even though this article was written back in 2001, and is a little out dated, I think it is still relevant as security is always a concern to a consumer. I was also surprised to see how Microsoft rather choose customer convenience over protecting their customers.

Source:¬†Scheeres, J. (2001, February 6). Friends Don’t E-Mail Friends HTML.¬†Wired. Retrieved April 15, 2012, from

2 thoughts on “HTML E-Mail Security Concerns”

  1. This was a pretty interesting article especially becasue many of us e-mail daily and security is crutial because some of us send personal information across the web but not as much as credit information but in the sense that we talk to people and comunicate and want things to be private but really the web is not private what so ever. Whatever we do on the internet is tracked and can be traced back to us and others can view our activity. It was a great change because there are alot of people that were talking about HTML5 for this week and it does relate to our discussion in class.

  2. That pretty scary that all our private email can be track and read. How it so easy for hacker to just hijack our private information if we are not careful. Then again who really use Netscape anyway(joke).

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