Has Google been hacked?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Mike T., Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Mike T.

    Mike T. Guest

    I just ran several searches on google, from their "advanced" search page,
    and NONE of them gave me any useful links at all.

    The last search I ran was for exact phrase "the history of milk chocolate".
    I got 184 totally OFF-topic results, which included (my favorite) "used
    ultralight aircraft for sale in Australia". Oh, and all the links end in
    ..pl

    It kind of looks like Google has been hacked. -Dave
     
    Mike T., Apr 5, 2006
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    JAD Guest

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  3. Mike T.

    Mike T. Guest

    Mike T., Apr 5, 2006
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  4. Mike T.

    JAD Guest

    clear your temp internet folder and cookies
    try a simple search with no preferences
     
    JAD, Apr 5, 2006
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  5. X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.2670

    Because of this, and the fact that other people don't seem to be having
    the same experience that you have, the most likely solution is that you
    have some sort of malware.
     
    Jim Strathmeyer, Apr 5, 2006
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  6. I agree 110% with this malware issue.
     
    Robbie McFerren, Apr 5, 2006
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  7. Mike T.

    Mike T. Guest

    OK, well my antivirus software was updated today. I ran a full system scan
    with nothing found. I updated ad-aware with the latest definitions today.
    It found a few cookies and deleted them. Nothing else was found. I cleared
    ALL stored information out of firefox, rebooted the system and tried again.
    Again I got mostly results with urls ending in .pl

    http://www.google.com/search?q=+"history+of+milk+chocolate"&hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&start=30&sa=N

    I did get some relevant results, but it is really ODD that most of the
    results are off-topic, and hosted in Poland? -Dave
     
    Mike T., Apr 5, 2006
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  8. Mike T.

    Mike T. Guest

    Anything's possible. But my antivirus software has completed two sweeps of
    the entire system (with today's definition files) and has found nothing.
    Ad-aware (with today's definition files) reports nothing. The system sits
    behind a hardware and software firewall. It is about as secure as any
    windows computer could be, which is to say, NOT VERY. :( -Dave
     
    Mike T., Apr 5, 2006
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  9. Mike T.

    JAD Guest

    google toolbar installed?
    you physically looked in the temp folders and deleted ALL cookies
    check your 'hosts' file
     
    JAD, Apr 5, 2006
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    Mike T. Guest

    Mike T., Apr 5, 2006
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  11. Mike T.

    Mike T. Guest

    It has nothing to do with my computer. Someone else ran a search on Google
    UK and got the same results. -Dave

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=+"history+of+milk+chocolate"&hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&start=20&sa=N

    The above is not a search that I ran, it was run on a different computer, on
    the UK google web site. Note that most of the results are off-topic, and
    hosted in Poland. It's not my equipment, and it's certainly not any
    software on my equipment. -Dave
     
    Mike T., Apr 5, 2006
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  12. Mike T.

    JAD Guest




    Ok mike But just so you know, Just because 1 2 3 people that run
    google UK and got some polish results doesn't constitute a 'hack'.
    Furthermore if 1000 people have accessed google UK, and its a 'cookie'
    ""hack"", then all 1000 people would have been 'hacked'(cookie dropped) and
    that has everything to do with ;your; rig as the misdirect is sitting in a
    cookie on your harddrive in your machine. That being said, if you cleared it
    manually, ya just should have said so..
     
    JAD, Apr 5, 2006
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  13. Mike T.

    Lordy Guest

    I get it too on Linux FWIW. google.co.uk is OK

    Google hasnt been 'hacked' but I think the domain .turek.pl has this
    phrase in its HTTP Headers and somehow fooled Google. By having the sites
    all refer to one another or something...


    Lordy
     
    Lordy, Apr 5, 2006
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  14. Mike T.

    Paul Guest

    Have you ever heard of "spam farms" ?

    If I load up a web page, with megabytes of common phrases, I
    can raise the priority of my web site. Now, if I set up a few
    thousand web sites like that, perhaps hosted on a small number
    of computers, and each one has some adverts on it, I can make
    big money by tricking you to click on the link. Usually the
    nonsense host name in the URL, is the giveaway that you are
    entering a "farm".

    A good spam farm will harvest common English phrases right
    out of USENET postings. So the more you repeat your common
    phrases in USENET, the more likely it is that a spam farm
    will add the phrase to their web page.

    I find on Altavista, if I do a search that has some relevant
    links, the spam farms occur further down the list of returned
    results. If I search for something that doesn't occur on a
    legitimate site, then all I get is spam farm listings.

    The people who run the search engines are aware of
    the existence of spam farms (as it fills their server database
    with garbage), but it is an ongoing battle between the
    "farmers" and the search engine tuners. And the "farmers"
    appear to be mostly winning the battle.

    This might be a place to start:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_chocolate

    HTH,
    Paul
     
    Paul, Apr 5, 2006
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  15. Mike T.

    adsci Guest

    1. your search is not on first page of results. on the first page enough
    good search results pop up

    2. google isnt hacked its just tricked into thinking those pl-sites are
    "useful" and this is be done since years. normally google knows about
    and sometime later those sites disappear again.
     
    adsci, Apr 6, 2006
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  16. Mike T.

    adsci Guest

    is not true. my google lists his links too but they appear on later
    resultpages not on first. its normal and nothing strange. just some
    linkfarms on .pl domains.

    all other results appear normal.
     
    adsci, Apr 6, 2006
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  17. | Mike T. wrote:
    | > | >
    | >>google toolbar installed?
    | >>you physically looked in the temp folders and deleted ALL cookies
    | >>check your 'hosts' file
    | >>
    | >
    | >
    | > It has nothing to do with my computer. Someone else ran a search on
    Google
    | > UK and got the same results. -Dave
    | >
    | >
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=+"history+of+milk+chocolate"&hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&start=20&sa=N
    | >
    | > The above is not a search that I ran, it was run on a different
    computer, on
    | > the UK google web site. Note that most of the results are off-topic,
    and
    | > hosted in Poland. It's not my equipment, and it's certainly not any
    | > software on my equipment. -Dave
    | >
    | >
    |
    | No, that isn't the search the UK poster posted. His was this
    |
    |
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?as_q...as_dt=i&as_sitesearch=&as_rights=&safe=images
    |
    | And his does not produce the pl results yours does.
    |
    | Also, whenever I try inputting the search phrase you use I get normal
    | results. It's only when using the LINK you post that the PL results occur.
    |

    No. My search result is absolutely identical to his.
     
    Interesting Ian, Apr 10, 2006
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  18. Mike T.

    H. Seldon Guest

    Odd indeed. All I get are references to the history of chocolate.
    **shrug**

    No off-topic garbage at all.

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    H. Seldon

    I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence.
    There's a knob called "Brightness" but it doesn't work.
     
    H. Seldon, Apr 11, 2006
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