The Helsinki Conference: Has SSRN Been Hacked?

ssrn3.jpgOver at Conglomerate, David Zaring notes that on SSRN many of his papers and the papers of others are showing up as being connected to the 2003 Helsinki Meetings. Apparently, scores of papers are being listed this way. David writes:

My colleague Andrea Matwyshyn noticed that a couple of her papers up on SSRN had been retagged as published during the EFMA 2003 Helsinki Meetings. So has one of mine. So has one of Gordon’s. . . . Neither Andrea nor I were at the EFMA 2003 Helsinki meetings, so we can’t say whether we would have seen Bernie or Gordon there, but we are beginning to think something fishy is going on.

Many of my papers are also being listed as being at the 2003 Helsinki Meetings. I don’t recall these meetings, but it must have been one heck of a conference! David wonders whether SSRN has been hacked. Clearly something is wrong over at SSRN.

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2 Responses

  1. Something is rotten in the state of.. wait, Helsinki’s in Finland, innit?

    Over on the “hard” science side of the aisle, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any comparable hack of the arXiv. Then again, who stands to gain by claiming credit for a preprint that (hopefully) has gone on to a real peer-reviewed journal?

  2. Gregg Gordon says:

    SSRN has not been hacked. We are posting corrections to our new Simple Submission Beta system and have an error in our Oracle PIP table. I am very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we correct the problem. If you have any questions please email me directly. There is no problem with any data, we just posted one fix, and I promise that we will not sleep until the error is corrected.

    Gregg Gordon