15 January 2014 - 2:05pm | posted by | 0 comments

Google may have been compromised by an 'inside job' after third party alleged to have altered thousands of business listings

Compromised: Thousands of listings are said to be affectedCompromised: Thousands of listings are said to be affected

Google may have been compromised by an “inside job” after a third party altered settings on the tech giant’s Google+ hotel listings to divert users to an external commercial site instead of the correct business URLs, it has been claimed.

Google uses its verfied Google+ listings to inform its Google Maps and Google search services, meaning that any user clicking on links on a range of services would be re-directed to websites ‘Roomstobook.net’ and ‘Roomstobook.info’, which then referred users on to third-party booking services such as Hotelswhiz.com.

While individual users of Google+ can have some access to altering information for business of place listings, it’s thought that a problem on such a big scale could point towards the culprit being within Google itself.

Matthew Hoff of PR company Merkle told the Guardian: “My prediction is, this was an inside job with someone at Google. Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but any and all modified URLs have to be okay’ed by a Maps moderator.”

The problem was uncovered by Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land who revealed the information in a blog posting.

Don't miss out... Get your Digital news by email

See all specialist newsletters

11 related companies from Profile Hub:

Be the first to comment on this article: sign in or register.

Latest Projects from the Profile Hub

Case Study | RLH

01/09/2014
Chris Ross, MD of full-service B2B advertising agency RLH,...

Brand new logo design for The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

29/08/2014
The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH...

DrupalCon 2014

27/08/2014
We were selected by the Drupal Association through a...

New Forest National Park - Young David Attenborough discovers the Tech Creche

21/08/2014
Research conducted by the New Forest National Park...

Social Media Training

18/08/2014
We love to share what we know and what we've learned about...