Our systems followed this URL after it was posted on a public site. Our system constantly explores links published on the web. We've checked our logs and confirmed that this is what happened in this specific case. It's not related to any Facebook chat messages containing this link. Our system doesn't access that information.
You left this comment on Bosnadev's blog. Mind sharing with the rest of us?
RE: whether these comments really are from the RF team, we're about to post the same info on our own blog.
Your link to the blog is broken (the href is missing an '=').
Unfortunately no new information for those following the threads. Are there any plans to release more details (links, logs) publicly?
http://pastebin.com/ukBvSKyw - Look at the timestamps. And no "Recorded Future" here, hence published before their fetch.
Since the OP published the article implying such a grand circumstance, and commented "I assure you it was not posted publicly by any of us. Newly created URL and link c/p to fb chat.", I believe that there are still a few basic questions in order, in any case:
1. What "link generation" program was the OP using? Is it possible this program streamed its output through something like Pastebin - without the explicit knowledge of the OP - and if so, can we verify this is the case by following up with an example?
2. Can the representative from Recorded Future comment on whether or not this site, Pastebin, is being monitored?
Thanks all, for what we'd surely hope to be a trivial, if unusual, case of software being stealthy...
Perhaps you won't say, exactly, without the OP's permission?
Can you give us more information including:
- Proof you are from Recorded Future
- The public URL at which you picked up the links
- Any evidence you have that what you say happened indeed happened? That is specifically the log information you report on having investigated. Publishing this will allow the original publisher and independent analysis to corroborate your story.
The more information you can publish to quell any doubts, if this is completely benign, the better for your company/Facebook/CIA.
if the url is public, let's see it :)