Google Search Hacked!

Google, despite its best efforts, suffered a temporary attack on it’s search results today. Sometime between 9am and 10:30 am Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, any keyword queries sent through Google’s search engine or it’s toolbar produced results such as this:

You know it's bad when you see these type of search results.

You know it's bad when you see these type of search results.

 

For about 30 minutes to an hour, the only way you could perform a safe search was by using a different search engine (Yahoo, Live, etc..) or copying the url into the address bar.

After realizing what was going on, I immediately jumped on Twitter to see if there was any info – (who says twitter is pointless….) and they had just started #hashtagging the info – only a few hundred posts at that time : see some below –

twitter users worldwide noticed the google disaster.

twitter users worldwide noticed the google disaster.

 

And it didn’t just affect organic search – many people complained that their Gmail accounts were whacked out for a while – apparently the filters sent good email into the spam folders, so if you’re using Gmail – you’ll probably want to check that out.

What does this mean for Google’s search future?

I personally don’t think it changes anything, since they fixed the problem in less than a few hours – but it should make everyone take notice and realize that nothing is absolutely secure on the internet. Even it’s biggest player.

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One Response to “Google Search Hacked!”

  1. Tim Rueb Says:

    I have come across a malware called anti-virus 2009 which has caused problems on a local level by hi-jacking the local copy of internet explorer modifying windows registry entries and hindering a person from using the browser, including Google search. This is the first time I’ve seen this on the server side of the world.


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