Google Spam Squad On Polish Hacker's Trail Over Vapor URLs

Feb 11, 2016 - 8:26 am 2 by

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Last week we covered that Google Investigating Polish Hacker Who Is Stealing Webmaster Rankings. It was a case of a hacker using iframes and hacking into other sites, stealing their content and outranking the original site with the spam site. The concept is not new but revealing this actually shocked a lot of webmasters.

Google's Michal Wicinski posted an update in the thread this morning basically saying that the Google team who handles this sort of hacked spam is now on the case. He wrote, based on Google translate, "the team which is responsible for this part of the search engine looks at the problem." He added he is unable to share more details "because I do not work directly on the solution." He won't be able to "give more details on the current status or estimate how long things can take time," he added.

He did ask for webmasters to help and give more examples:

If you notice other examples Twoch replacement pages for the benefit of the parties, which compromised the examples in the form of vapor URL {URL of your page that disappeared - URL of the page with burglary} will be most helpful and speed up finding a solution.

So here is your chance to add your feedback in the thread.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.


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