An investigation discovered at least five active honeypot sites claiming to offer exam answers while collecting visitor data.
Online test takers around the country are reportedly getting tricked into using fake answer sites surreptitiously snitching on them to universities, a sneaky practice some education advocates claim amounts to entrapment. In one case, prolific remote proctoring company Honorlock reportedly had around 12 of these seed sites linked to its service, with five still active.
Those honeypot sites-first detected by University of Central Florida computer science student Kurt Wilson and detailed in a recent Markup report -lure students in with what appears to be , at first glance, the answer to a plethora of wide-ranging college exam questions. The still-active sites which include gradepack and quizlookup , present the visitors with two large buttons saying show answer or hide answer. Students who click either of these buttons annoyingly aren’t awarded an answer but instead receive a strange digital beeping sound. Dejected, most users will then quickly exit the page in frustration, not knowing the brief interaction served as a spying tool.
The linked honeypot sites can reportedly collect a visitor’s IP address to serve as proof they were trying to search for a test answer online, according to a Honorlock patent seen by The Markup and student media at Arizona State University. Additionally, an analysis of the site’s source code conducted by The Markup determined Honorlock can view a visitor’s mouse movements, what they entered into the site’s search bar, and evidence of where they may have clicked.
Education ethics experts cited in The ount to digital entrapment. One of the experts, St. John’s University Associate Professor Ceceilia Parnther, said the physical world equivalent of Honorlock’s tactics would look something like teachers roaming a test room and slipping down pieces of paper claiming to wield answers, all but begging students to use them. Continue reading Student Monitoring Companies Are Using Fake Answer Sites to Snitch on Test Takers