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Google Gaffe by mrsthing on 6 April 2009 1:26pm
 
It appeared last Thursday that a few people who use Google Blogger had their accounts hacked, but Google claims it was a bug in a test. John Cleese's blog was one that got a spurious "eeyore is cute!" post. Here's the rest of the story for anyone who's interested. It creeps me out--if it's that easy for them to gain access to my computer, what ELSE are they doing on there? Installing spyware or malware? Anyway, here's the link:

http://theothersideofeverything.com/flip/2009/04/google-gatecrashed-john-cleeses-podcast/

There's a link within the link that gives further explanation.
 
Re: Google Gaffe by suzulu on 6 April 2009 2:18pm
 
Worrying!
 
Re: Google Gaffe by ev on 6 April 2009 7:08pm
 
Not worrying at all. The accounts were not 'hacked'. From Google:

"Update: During routine testing, a bug caused a small number of FTP blogs to publish a test post. No systems or accounts were hacked. We have corrected the original bug, and are working to remove the test data from the blogs. In the meantime, republishing your FTP blog will also correct the problem. We apologize to those bloggers who were affected - we are looking at mechanisms to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

Note: Some users with non-FTP blogs who have opted to receive post confirmation emails may have seen a spurious email about a test "eeyore is cute!" post. This email can safely be ignored.

Update: This is now fixed."

 
Re: Google Gaffe by suzulu on 7 April 2009 1:27pm
 
That's OK. Thanks, ev.
 
Re: Google Gaffe by mrsthing on 7 April 2009 1:55pm
 
Yes, but they managed to disseminate a bug. That's what worries me. What if some disgruntled ex-Google employee wanted to work some real mischief?
 



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