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USAToday: "Google searchers could end up with a new type of bug"



8:16 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"The vulnerability occurs when someone does a Google search, then clicks on a result that has been secretly tainted by hackers. They will usually be taken to the Web page they expect. But at the same time, they are invisibly redirected to a computer server that installs a hidden program."

Is this new, or am I just really out-of-the-loop? And is it really specific to just Google, or is this some kind of collective SE-mafia takedown attempt? :)


8:31 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Irresponsible reporting with a touch of yellow journalism, I'd say. There is nothing here that is specific to Google -- it's all about the website you go to, and not a corruption of the search results page.

The article is very fuzzy about technical details, but to me it sounds like parasite hosting of an iframe injection. The USA Today article has been online for 18 hours and no one else has published anything about this topic as far as I can see.


8:46 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Premature April Fool's Day prank?


9:22 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"USA Today readers could end up with a new type of misinformation"

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