Google 302 Hijack Attempt on CNN for Blackberry News?

Dec 30, 2009 - 7:59 am 0 by

Conduct a search for [blackberry news] (Note: I wouldn't click on those results, they may infect your computer) in Google and see page two and three of the results. The results are inundated with weird results from random domains that redirect to CNN.com. The redirect is a 302 redirect and the header looks like:

HTTP/1.1 302 => Date => Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:58:52 GMT Content-Type => text/html Connection => close Server => Apache Content-Length => 0 Location => http://cnn.com

Here is a picture of just two of those results:

CNN Google Hijack Attempt?

For a full page of results, see this screen capture.

Now, I do not know much about hijacking search results in Google. I know this was somewhat of a major issue in 2005. Then in 2008, we reporting page hijacking wasn't an issue in Google anymore, until about six months ago, when it popped up again.

So maybe this is a new example of a 302 hijack attempt. This time targeting the popular news source, CNN and going after the keyword phrase [blackberry news]?

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