May 20, 2009

Criminals force Google to change algorithms

According to reports Google is about to or has already changed their search algorithms as a response to the increased exploitation by criminals using black hat search engine optimization attacks. See article here.

That's great news, assuming they are successful, as I've been discovering and reading about so many black hat SEO attacks that I'm starting to worry about non-security users utilizing Google for search. I'm not satisfied with Google's response to these attacks because in my opinion they have been much too slow and in some cases don't tag the offending searches as a security risk.

Based on the typical information security cycle (or arms race) this won't be the last time they will have to change their algorithm but let's hope this makes it extremely difficult for the criminals to continue using Google as an attack platform.

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