Google's Cutts Shares His Account Hack Experience

Dec 6, 2012 • 8:11 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Skype LogoMost people I know have had the experience of being hacked into once in their life. Be it their email account, their WordPress blog, their bank account or basic applications - and everyone knows the feeling.

Some people you think are invisible from being hacked, like Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts.

He shared his story of how and why his Skype account was hacked on Google+. He explains that the Skype account he rarely uses was hacked a month or so ago and he realized recently when he needed to use it for an internet radio show. He said:

As always, it sucks to get hacked. I've talked to a lot of people who have had their website hacked, and it really feels like a violation. In this case, I had a month of distance and the attacker sent me the new password, so it wasn't really that stressful. It does suck that it was Skype's fault though--the best security practices in the world don't help if the vulnerability is on the provider's side. If I had any money stored with Skype, I'd feel more angry and disappointed.

Recently, my company added two factor authentication not just to our emails but to all the web based applications we use at our company that we built from the ground up. This means our web site backends, our financial systems, our timer and task management software, our databases and much more. It adds some piece of mind knowing that there are two steps to get into our secure areas.

But as Matt said, sometimes it is not your fault and it is your providers fault. He pleaded with Skype to add the two-factor method as an option at the end.

So even the best get hacked, in this case, it had nothing to do with Matt Cutts' own doing but everything to do with Skype. You can read the Skype issue at TheNextWeb.

Again, add two-factor to whatever you can! Heck, I even have it on this blog.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Matt Lies

12/06/2012 01:39 pm

He is a fraud, he's making this sh*t up to bash Skype /Microsoft. Never believe a word Cutts says.

liars n' cheatz

12/06/2012 01:57 pm

Remember the lie Amit Singhal told "Overheard next table at Starbucks, "With Google Panda and Penguin our tricks don't work." ? These guys are pathological liars, they make up stories to advertise Google.


12/06/2012 02:16 pm

The issue with Skype was not a new problem and has been floating around as chatter for months. Sometimes I think posters like the one above are actually Matt Cutts having a laugh.


12/06/2012 02:27 pm

ethalon = Google employee AstroTurfing (AntiSEO and /or Matt Cutts). Weren't you guys supposed to be "ethical" ? WTF happened, you turned into lying crooks in just a year.

Matt lies

12/06/2012 02:37 pm

This is a recent Matt Cutts tweet, notice his bullsh*t skills to fool novices: "I've been living in the cloud so long it makes me nervous when I store a file locally. What if the hard drive dies?" Google is of course trying to get everyone to cloud. Matt Cutts, the patholigal liar and fraud, invented his skype hack to get back to Microsoft for the scroogled campaign, millions of people found out that Google shopping is all ads so Matt Cutts was ordered to try to do something to hurt Microsoft. Hey Barry, why do you believe all the crap Matt Cutts spews?


12/06/2012 02:59 pm

ethalon = an in house marketing employee from north america who attempts to keep up on the SEO field by reading blogs and who likes to read seroundtable because it is updated early and often. and if i was matt cutts wouldn't i be in some back-alley biting into the necks of kittens or something?


12/06/2012 03:47 pm

You're the one clearly doing the astroturfing. Why bother to spam the same comments time after time?


12/06/2012 04:19 pm

Why do you believe the MS crap without checking facts? Bing Shopping is generated the same way so MS complaining about Google shopping was pot calling kettle black really, particually since Google do way more to tell the customer that they are ads, where as the same notices don't exist on Bing shopping.... The propaganda is getting old and tiresome now, if you are going to slag off Matt Cutts you could at least try and find something legitimate to complain about.

Roman Iakoubtchik

12/06/2012 11:33 pm

For once, the comments section was more interesting than the article :)


12/09/2012 09:50 pm

Matt cutts is a puppet. He will say anything to make his shares in google worth more.


03/15/2013 09:42 pm

very interesting

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