Children Targeted For Easter Searches Leading To Porn Sites

Apr 6, 2011 • 8:22 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

The lowest of the low of Google spam, in my opinion, is when spammers target children with pornography. It is sick, selfish and outright immoral. I am sorry, I rarely get passionate when I write, but it is disgusting!

So when I see people reporting pornography in the Google forums, I get upset. But when I see the pornography is targeting kid-related searches, I get angry.

Let me give you an example. A search for [easter egg coloring page] in Google shows a set of coloring page images of easter eggs. Kids conduct these searches before the easter holiday so they can do some fun and religious coloring.

But if you click on some of the images, you are taken to a pornographic site!

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Clicking on that image will take you to a site that has porn, nude women. Here is a censored picture:

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Google is removing these Google spam attacks as quickly as they possibly can. But the spammers are keeping at it.

I honestly don't see how someone can rationalize targeting children religious searches and lead these unsuspecting searchers to porn sites. I don't understand where human morals have gone?

Anyway, it is sad and I wanted to share the darker side of Google search spam with some of you.

To report these, you can use this form or use the report images feature in image search.

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Comments:

Ian Williams

04/06/2011 12:50 pm

Barry, what am I missing here? OK, its ethically wrong to me, but it also doesn't make any marketing sense. I mean, with spam I generally think, "At least, I understand they're trying to make a quick buck." But I can't even understand it with this, unless its malware/viruses. Thanks for bringing this info out.

Barry Schwartz

04/06/2011 12:52 pm

There can be malware here, in fact, I think there is.

Jonathan Adkins

04/06/2011 12:59 pm

Maybe it's an easter egg hunt. Can you find the easter eggs stuck between ... /Agree, disturbing on multiple levels.

Joe Hall

04/06/2011 03:45 pm

The page is now redirecting to a home healthcare site. I am thinking that they are either trying to spread malware or attempting impression fraud. Though I don't know any adult ad agency that offers real CPM ads.

Jeremy Martin

04/06/2011 03:50 pm

That is extremely disturbing.

Silver Smith

04/06/2011 03:52 pm

Regarding the "what's the marketing sense" question, I believe that such spam attempts are intended to lure people into further interactions with such sites out of prurient curiosity. In this case, when going to the page I was abruptly redirected onto various non-adult business pages. I believe they may be doing some sort of tricky click-hijacking which drives up their PPC ad revenue. This is sort of a multiple failure on Google's part. First, they somehow failed to flag that blogspot site as adult/mature -- usually they at least have a warning interstitial page to guard against dropping someone into the middle of the garbage. Second, the images from that site should've been detected to be potentially objectionable -- the automatic filtering algorithms are fairly good at this usually. Finally, with SafeSearch set to "Moderate" in Image Search, I don't see that egg at the top of the results. However, in Google's regular SERP, the egg is there whether SafeSearch is set to moderate (default) or not. There should be some sort of particularly extensive prison sentences for people who purposefully devise tricks that are likely to lure children into porn exposure.

googlemonopolyeu

04/06/2011 04:06 pm

I honestly don't see how someone can rationalize targeting children religious searches and lead these unsuspecting searchers to porn sites. A search for easter egg coloring page is not a religious search. Easter eggs have ZERO to do with the Easter holiday. The intentional consumerization of everything is what we ought to be mad as pun intended, hell, about. If we didn't allow Easter decades ago to become Cadbury eggs, spongy sugar encrusted peeps and chemical laced food coloring of reproductive matter from other species then of course now the spammers wouldn't be defiling, the defiled. It's a case of reaping what we sow isn't it? Still, I agree that the attempt there to mislead someone into pornography or catching a virus is misplaced. Perhaps the misdoers didn't intend to target what they had. Perhaps it was just a bulk redirection, expired domain, etc.?

Gareth James

04/06/2011 04:17 pm

I wouldn't say its targeted at children. Adults would do that search to download the pics to keep kids occupied during the holdays.

Hax7

04/08/2011 04:06 am

its very shameful work.people why playing with childerns mind.they obsorve anything so quickly. its so bad news & the cheapest way to attract children to adult materials.

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