GoogleBot Deletes All Of Webmasters Content; Site Owner's Fault

Mar 30, 2006 • 7:57 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google News & Finances

I started a thread over at our forums named Don't Enable GoogleBot To Delete All Your Pages. In that thread I link to an other forum thread that shows how a Webmaster left open the delete button for GoogleBot to click on. This is what happened in short...

Webmaster rebuilt the site months ago, repopulating all the content into a database driven solution. When the Webmaster published the new site, he/she left the "edit" link open somewhere on the frontend, where GoogleBot can get to it. I assume it was not password protected, and GoogleBot got in and looked around. Since GoogleBot just clicks on links, it clicked on the delete link on every single page of the site, until the whole site was deleted from the database and no other pages or content was available to delete.

Pretty crazy, huh? Yea. But GoogleBot is not to blame for this one.

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Michael Martinez

03/30/2006 11:04 pm

You know, when management makes informed pronouncements such as "We don't have a security issue", that's when I get down to the Notary Public with two witnesses and sign an affidavit saying, "Be it known that after this date XX/XX/XX I the undersigned take no responsibility for breaches of security of the computer system operated by WHOMEVER as I have duly and in writing informed said operator of detectable, known, and knowable vulnerabilities in the system....." Then I would start updating my resume.

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