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Report: Bing SERPs Poisoning Greater Than Other Search Engines

     
1:49 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Bing search results are more affected by poisoning than those of other search engines, according to a study by SophosLabs.Report: Bing SERPs Poisoning Greater Than Other Search Engines [theregister.co.uk]
SophosLabs blocks attempts to "redirect" surfers from search engines to dodgy sites and can therefore monitor the scale of search engine poisoning attacks. Two thirds (65 per cent) of the poisoned search results blocked by Sophos appliances over the last two weeks originated from Bing while 30 per cent came via Google. The other 5 per cent came via alternative search engines. The true state of play is probably even worse than these raw statistics suggest because Google is the most popular search engine, a factor not accounted for in these raw figures.
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The true state of play is probably even worse than these raw statistics suggest because Google is the most popular search engine, a factor not accounted for in these raw figures.


Like by a factor of 10x.
4:57 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If the newspapers and other online news sources home in on this then it will damage Bing to a huge degree.

Your average user seems incapable of deciding what is a good set of SERPS and what isn't but they sure do understand that viruses on their computer are a major headache.
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It should be noted that only 8% of the threats are from the normal serps. It's mainly image search that is the problem.