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Microsoft Yanks Security Site Poisoned With Porn 36

Posted by Soulskill
from the internet-is-for-porn dept.
CWmike writes "Microsoft disabled the search tool on its Safety & Security Center on Saturday after attackers poisoned results with links to pornographic URLs. The company restored the website's search field early Monday afternoon ET. Alex Eckelberry, the general manager of GFI Software's security group and CEO of Sunbelt Software, said search poisoning is not unusual — but this is different. 'This is crafty,' Eckelberry said. 'This isn't normal search poisoning. It's poisoning the results with actual searches. Users were getting back a prior search as a search result.'"
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Microsoft Yanks Security Site Poisoned With Porn

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  • Feature (Score:4, Funny)

    by Sonny Yatsen (603655) * on Monday July 11, 2011 @04:48PM (#36726338) Journal

    That's not poisoning the results. That's a feature.

    • This is a new feature created by Balmer (who's all for looking at porn, [have you seen him dance, sweat-stained armpits and all? I feel dirty just thinking of him going around shouting "Developers",]) and his lawyers (who are going to go after the ofender's website in an effort to collect advertising fees.)

      • by Hsien-Ko (1090623)
        When he called for "developers developers developers" he obviously meant those wombs and we clearly see that's the intent here
    • It actually is a feature. FTA: "On Friday, Alex Eckelberry, the general manager of GFI Software's security group and the CEO of Sunbelt Software, said that searches using terms like "sex," "porn," "girl" and "streaming" on the Microsoft site were returning links to pornographic websites at or near the top of the results list."

      Well, Gee-flipping-whiz! A search tool brought up porn when someone searched for... porn! Crazy! Call me simple, but it sounds to me that some engineer did his job in delivering relev

  • Poisoned? Or made Better?
  • Better summary "Microsoft's own security web site hacked".
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Not hacked, poisoned. The search engine's features have been manipulated in such a way to produce the results. Clever, but no hacking took place.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Was it safe sex, at least?

  • by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Monday July 11, 2011 @04:57PM (#36726464)
    Well done.
  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Monday July 11, 2011 @05:11PM (#36726638)

    searches using terms like "sex," "porn," "girl" and "streaming" on the Microsoft [Safety & Security Center] site were returning links to pornographic websites at or near the top of the results list

    1. Put links to your porn site in MS' safety and security center search bar
    2.Wait for people to search for porn in the safety and security center search bar
    3.???
    4. PROFIT!!!

    I want to believe that this is just some automated process that searches the web for search bars and then tries to put in their own porn links. Alternatively, I want to believe that this is just a few porn marketers who are so dumb, they put links to their porn sites in a search field for MS safety and security. But I can't convince myself.

    It's depressing to realize that there are actually people dumb enough to go to an antivirus website and start searching for porn.

    "Dang! I musta gotten a virus! Don't know how, all I've been doing with this here computer is lookin up pictures of nekkid ladies. Well, better look for something to fix this from microsoft.... boring boring boring, I wanna see nekkid ladies! OOH! PORN!!"

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Never underestimate the number of ways people search for pr0n. At our large search engine site, we hear from people who maintain the help center site that pr0n terms predominate the search log.
      • by blair1q (305137)

        You'd think a search engine attuned to a particular data set would not allow itself to prioritize results outside that data set.

        But then, Microsoft is a company based on selling shit as shinola, so putting a "security search" facade on a basic web search tool should be a no-brainer for them.

  • by biodata (1981610)
    I'm probably being stupid but if someone puts in a search like 'sex girl porn streaming' in some kind of search engine, how is it bad when the site returns pron links?
    • by treeves (963993)

      As a for instance, it would be bad if you searched for porn on Saturday, then on Monday at work, when you search for stainless steel widgets, you get search results full of porn links.

  • Yanks withdraw porn site poisoned by Microsoft.

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