Wiley's links of death list
This is not a singulary incident. As evident on Twitter, a lot of other people made the same experiences: complete permanent block of IP address (residential) and harassment by issuing alarmist "security-incident" notifications (instituions with Wiley subscription).
A quite good analysis of Wiley's practice (which also concludes more or less that this is not even malice at work, but just an incomprehensibly large degree of incompetence) is provided by Eric Hellmann.
I just have been contacted by our IT network staff. They refer to a notification originally sent by Wiley to our library, in which Wiley claims that:
- My desktop at work (identified by IP address) is "compromised",
- my computer was used to illegally download content, and
- my user credentials are compromised.
Wiley demands that IT security here does all kind of stuff that has to do with revokig my credentials and also with a software that is not even installed here.
Wiley threatens to cut access, for the whole institution, if their orders are not carried out within 24 hours.
This of course is all bullshit. What happened is, that when doing the last update of this page, I accidentally clicked once on the first link in the list. And I did this from work. That is all.
So the new message is, in essence:
Requesting one of the links from an institutional IP (with a Wiley subscription) apparently will not get you banned immediately, but you will be painted as copyright criminal or at least someone who has given network credentials to one.
I have news from Wiley that
All access has now been restored and clicking on those links will no longer disable access.
This is at least not completely true, as the IP I clicked one of those links from is still blocked and Wiley continues to deny me access to "Open Access" publications that they are hosting. If you are adventurous enough to experiment with the links below, I'd appreciate any information about whether Wiley actually quit its aggressive IP blocking practice.
There are a number of links that will make Wiley's on-line library cut your access to their service immediately. It doesn't matter that you or your institution pay for it.
Don't click on any one of those links!
Yes, you are curious, but you really shouldn't. In particular if you are a researcher with deadlines. Don't do it!
[Update: I made these links non-clickable. That was too dangerous (see Update 2).]
[Update: I removed the list completely. As suggested by my colleagues.]