PSA: SpeedUp is hijacking Amazon links.

I have a small extension called [Global Speed](https://github.com/polywock/globalSpeed).

I recently noticed some guy copied my code and created a clone called SpeedUp ([Firefox](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/speedup-netflix-prime-videos/), [Chrome](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speedup-netflix-prime-vid/pldkddbkbcedophgedaeofceedjcaehl)). My extension was open source, so it was fine and all. But, this guy added an Amazon link hijacker. Essentially, finding all amazon links and adding their affiliate tag. This is not ethical, as they would make a commission of every amazon purchase a user made (and is also against Amazon’s rules), and in certain cases, stealing the commission from someone who deserved it.

For proof, you can view SpeedUp's [source code](https://robwu.nl/crxviewer/?crx=https%3A%2F%2Fchrome.google.com%2Fwebstore%2Fdetail%2Fspeedup-netflix-prime-vid%2Fpldkddbkbcedophgedaeofceedjcaehl%3Fauthuser%3D1) using an online CRX viewer. The Amazon URL hijacking code is inside of `content.js`.

Today, I gave him a negative rating to warn users. He responded by playing an UNO reverse card.

>you should get your facts straight before defaming others. My extension was published before yours, so stop downvoting good add-ons just out of spite. The amazon link tagger functionality is used by countless extensions like Honey, BuyHatke, etc, nothing wrong about that. Now that you mention it, I see that you have copied my source code and you will be forced to remove it from firefox and chrome webstores. Stop using other extensions review board to get users for your extension. RIP.

The nerve of these people. Of course, he's completely bullshitting. I shared my extension's source code at [June 2019](https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome_extensions/comments/c1bhp1/global_speed_set_a_default_speed_that_will_apply/) (on Reddit), a few months before his extension was published.

He's also trying to "normalize" his scammy behavior by misleadingly comparing his Amazon link hijacker to Honey and BuyHatke.

**Edit: My Firefox rating went from 5 stars to 2 stars. He's creating fake accounts to bury my extension in 1-star ratings.**

**Edit2: Just received a** [second wave](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/global-speed/reviews/?score=1) **of 1-star reviews. All within 10 minutes of each other.**

**Edit3: He gave himself** [5-star ratings](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/speedup-netflix-prime-videos/reviews/?score=5) **with the same accounts.**

2 thoughts on “PSA: SpeedUp is hijacking Amazon links.”

  1. An asshole in a sick economy where he is rewarded for being an asshole 🙁

    Does mozilla have a ‘scam-line’ where such things are investigated ? I would think that they try to keep their addon store clean from scamming addons ?

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  2. > I shared my extension’s source code at June 2019 (on Reddit), a few months before his extension was published.

    His extension was uploaded may 16th 2019? That’s before you made the post about source code. You say you shared the addon a month prior to posting the source code, but I don’t see that linked.

    Not disputing any of your other claims.

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