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Google WMT URL Removal disabled to fix bug

     
9:23 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just reading this article, is good to know what happends
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[jamesbreckenridge.co.uk ] - person who discovered
10:12 pm on July 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was just catching up on that earlier today. Anyone with a Webmaster Tools account could remove a URL from the Google index - even on other domains. That's a security hole you could drive a truck through!
1:03 pm on July 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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That's amazing... I wonder how long it's been like that.

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1:43 pm on July 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Wow! I wish I knew I could have removed www.google.com...
2:14 pm on July 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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But, wouldn't WMT list urls removed by others? That one is a real serious issue...how on earth can you write a program that allows you to remove urls from a domain for which you are not added as an owner? simply BS...
2:56 pm on July 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Man I coulda had some fun with that, too.

[sadly shakes head]
8:04 pm on July 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Man I coulda had some fun with that, too.

Goog is coming through logs no doubt to look for those fun loving people ;). Payback gonna be a b*tch.

There have been some reports of people being deindexed and weeks /months later desperately asking for help on Google support forums. Shows the need on top of things or everything can be gone in one shot.
8:22 pm on July 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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WMT is a very useful tool, but a bug like this one is almost unacceptable.

I see now the function can be used again. I will test tomorrow against my competitors :)