– Phil (@immunda) July 2, 2020
The researcher talked for a long time (and unsuccessfully) with the automatic chat bot of the bank, but then said that he still managed to get through to a living person who promised to fix this strange and potentially dangerous problem.
Also, there's no SRI, so if the Internet Archive want to serve up a keylogger, cryptojacking JS, hostile redirect, rewrite the DOM or insert a credit card skimmer à la MageCart, it's all fair game 😧 pic.twitter.com/3OPFR2nGFW
– Scott Helme (@Scott_Helme) July 2, 2020
The head of Wayback Machine, Mark Graham, commented:
“The mission of the Wayback Machine is to help make the Internet more useful and reliable. We often wonder how creative people are at using the Wayback Machine to accomplish this mission. Especially journalists, students, researchers, scientists, fact checkers, activists and the general public as a whole. But usually not banks!
Obviously, someone at Barclays made a mistake (which of us didn’t!). But if this incident helps more people find out about the free services that the Wayback Machine offers, it will be beneficial. Forward!".