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Google Blog Hacked Again

For the second time this year (the first was in March), the official Google blog fell victim to someone taking advantage of Blogger to make them look stupid. The first time, Google deleted its own blog and watched as a quick-thinker claimed it for himself. This time, someone hacked their way in there and wrote a strange post about Google’s Click-to-call.

Google Click-to-Call project cancelled

10/07/2006 05:07:34 PM
After concientiously considering, Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project. The project has been in the media on last days because of the notice of Google agreement with e-Bay. We finally consider click-to-call agreement with e-Bay a monopolistic aproach that would damage small companies in the CRM area.

This message has been translated using Google language tools.

The obvious culprit is someone who is afraid of competing with Google. Google deleted the post and explained what happened in a post of their own:

About that fake post

10/08/2006 01:52:00 PM
Posted by Karen Wickre, Google Blog team

A bug in Blogger enabled an unauthorized user to make a fake post on the Google Blog last night, claiming that we’ve discontinued our AdWords click-to-call test. The bug was fixed quickly and the post removed. As for the click-to-call test, it is progressing on schedule, and we’re pleased with the results thus far.

Why does this sort of thing happen? One theory is that it is because Google has a central corporate blog. While many Google products have their own blogs, everyone knows the Google Blog is the place to be. It holds a high spot on the Technorati 100. Meanwhile, Microsoft has hundreds of official employee blogs, all of which are equally important, and no central blog, which leaves them mostly safe. Google watchers read the official blog, knowing the the few news items it posts are what you should be paying attention to, while Microsoft watchers subscribe to the MSDN blog feed, which pushes through 500 news items a day, all of which might be (but often are not) important.

In other words, Google has made a pretty sweet target as the biggest corporate blog, so this stuff is practically inevitable.

October 8th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Blogs, General | 5 comments

5 Comments »

  1. […] It is ironical that the immediate previous post was about Google Security Stance “to keep the bad guys out of our systems”. Inside Google has a screenshot of the fake post that has now been deleted by Google. […]

    Pingback by Official Google Blog Hacked : Unauthorized Fake Article Posted | October 9, 2006

  2. “…so this stuff is practically inevitable.”

    I wouldn’t say inevitable. If blogger worked correctly, these things wouldn’t happen.

    Comment by Hashim | October 9, 2006

  3. […] 이에 대한 분석으로 가장 � 뢰성있는 글은 블로그 뉴스 채널의 인사이드 구글에 게재된 “Google Blog Hacked Again(구글 블로그 다시 해킹 당하다)“라는 글입니다. 나산 웨인버그(Nathan Weinberg)는 블로그에서 구글의 공식 블로그는 글을 쓸 수 있는 직원이 너무 많기 때문에 이런 사건은 이미 예견됐다라� 기� 하� 있습니다. […]

    Pingback by 구글 공식 블로그(googleblog) 해킹의 � �말 | October 9, 2006

  4. A bug in Blogger enabled an unauthorized user to make a fake post on the Google Blog last night,

    This shows that their are some loop holes
    in Google Blog site too.

    Hopes,Google will fill the new void and get prepared for the future attacks.

    Comment by Mobile Phone Shop | October 9, 2006

  5. […] Haochi Chen was reminded of that strange day from October 2006 when Google’s Official Blog was hacked and somebody posted that “Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project”. Apparently, he was right. […]

    Pingback by Google Ceases “Click-to-Call” Service » D’ Technology Weblog: Technology News & Reviews | July 21, 2007

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