IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Google's Matt Cutts Aims to Fight Virtual Blight

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-11-06
 
 
 

Google's Matt Cutts Aims to Fight Virtual Blight

 

Google's Matt Cutts Aims to Fight Virtual Blight

Matt Cutts Is Thrilled to Be Here

Google's Web spam cop looks tickled to be at the Web 2.0 Summit.

Matt Cutts Is Thrilled to Be Here

Virtual Blight ... Ewwwww

What does a rotten, stunted Web site smell like?

Virtual Blight ... Ewwwww

Virtual Blighting with Links

Spammers look to steal links to infect.

Virtual Blighting with Links

Link Blight Example

Here's some link blight in action.

Link Blight Example

Landing Page Blight

Spammers set up pages on your site.

Landing Page Blight

Example

Here's an example of landing page blight.

Example

Infectious Code

"Virtual blighters" also use malicious code to infiltrate sites.

Infectious Code

Landing Page Blight Solution

Use CAPTCHA! And Pray. Among other things.

Landing Page Blight Solution

Hacking!

Hacking is an obvious form of virtual blight.

Hacking!

Example

Cutts showed a Google hire how his site had been hacked. The blocked-out letters include the employee's name.

Example

How to Prevent Hacks

Lots of patches, etc.

How to Prevent Hacks

Think Like a Black Hat to Ward Off Spammers

Cutts says you need to think like the bad guys to thwart malicious invaders.

Think Like a Black Hat to Ward Off Spammers

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