WTF! Did Somebody Just Hack Google’s Corporate Site?

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Before it’s too late, you might want to check out these two Google sites – http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html and http://www.google.com/corporate/. Noticed anything different from what is being displayed on your browser? Of course you did. It’s pretty obvious that these two webpages while has nothing to do with the Google Chinese site which was recently shut dow. And yet, how come the text in Chinese?

What? Are you going to tell me that somebody hacked into the all mighty Google system and is now redirecting visitors to the Google Chinese site? Google’s Corporate website previously provides information about Google’s business.  Now it was not only transcribed into Chinese characters but it seem that users are being redirected to the new non-censored Chinese version of Google.

Luckily, the Guardian UK noted that the redirection occurs only in some areas. This could be later on reproduced after the cookies were deleted and when private browsing mode is activated.

Responding to the Guardian UK’s inquiry, a Google spokesperson admitted that they are investigating the issue and hopes every thing will be wiped out in due time.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
Arnold Zafra
  • http://twitter.com/JoannaBatten Joanna Batten

    I was actually brainstorming for link building ideas yesterday and read about this from a report by the Wall Street Journal. Google users in mainland China who are trying to access Google.cn are being redirected to the Google site in Hong Kong. Mainland users seeking to accesses the Hong Kong site must pass through a Chinese firewall which gives them censored results. I guess that is where the Chinese script comes from. I think I remember reading its what they use in the mainland and makes everything appear similar to Google.cn. It is supposed to help with traffic….kind of interesting

  • http://www.bailingbucket.com/ Rhett Soveran

    This exact same thing happened to me this morning when I tried to access Analytics. I couldn't get into my panel and took me to the landing page and it was switched to Chinese. Damn, I should've got a screenshot.

  • http://internetmarketingcrunch.com/ Mukul Verma Internet Marketing

    Got there too late.

    China vs Google is starting.

  • http://www.ComputerTutorFlorida.com/ Scott Johnson

    Unrelated, but I was surprised to see this blog post title start with “WTF!”. I'm no prude, but is this a serious SEO site or are we back in high school?

  • Justin

    This title is terrible. Can someone please explain how this is considered “hacked”?

  • http://www.searchoptimist.co.uk/ Krystian

    Interesting, Chinese youngsters are feared hackers, let's hope that Google can protect itself and retain my gmail safe.

  • Justin

    Rather than “hacked”, it sounds more like this: http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/03/26/1627226

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