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Despite its efforts to fix vulnerabilities, Yahoo’s Mail users continue reporting hacking incidents

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Yahoo Mail users have been seeing their accounts broken into for months. While Yahoo says it has plugged at least two separate security holes leading to accounts getting hijacked, it appears the problem persists.

It’s unclear how long these attacks have been going on for, though we did first report Yahoo Mail users were seeing their accounts compromised back in early January. We’re now in March, and it appears that Yahoo still has a big problem on its hands.

Not only are we still getting reports from individual Yahoo users about their accounts getting hacked, but we are seeing spikes in traffic from Google to our previous stories. We believe these clicks represent a rise in users realizing their inboxes have been hijacked after hackers send out a bunch of emails from already compromised accounts.

Attacks typically consist of Yahoo users receiving an email from a friend or colleague (and sometimes a completely unknown party) containing a link that if clicked on, results in the account being hijacked. Some say their hijacked accounts send emails to select individuals, others report they get sent to all their contacts, and one even noted that they went out to “anyone I had ever received and/or sent a message to.”

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Google’s Cutts: We Don’t Ban Sites Critical Of Google, But Here Is Why We Do Penalize Sites…

In the latest video from Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, he addresses Google’s standards for manually removing spam from the Google index.

Matt Cutts first said and repeated it a couple times within the video that Google will not penalize or ban a site that is being critical of Google. Matt said:

“One thing that we don’t do it is just say or someone has been critical of Google, therefore take action. We’re big believers in the Voltaire saying of I might not agree with what you say but I’ll defend to death your ability to say it. So just because you’re critical of Google that’s not the sort of thing where we’re gonna mark your site as spam.”

Outside of that, Matt outlines how Google makes sure they are consistent as possible when they take manual action. They include: Google has very clear webmaster guidelines

  • Most manual penalties are indeed “clear cut cases” and easy
  • Google has training sessions
  • Google has “shadowing” to train new team members
  • Google will always review new manual penalties set by new Googlers
  • They do random spot checks for quality throughout the database
  • There are philosophical questions in the spam gray zone where they work together as a team to come to a consensus.
  • Google is not bound by a narrow view, they look at the whole holistic picture. Such as looking at repeat spammers, malware cases and so on. Anything that is counter to the spirit of the guidelines, they will act on them.

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Alibaba’s new Aliyun search engine raises the stakes in its feud with Google and Android

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Chinese ecommerce leader Alibaba has rolled out its own search engine in a move that will likely deepen the animosity between it and Google.

Last year, Google took action against Alibaba’s Aliyun OS ahead of a scheduled device launch with Acer. The spat became a highly public one as Android boss Andy Rubin and Alibaba’s CTO exchanged words.

Rejecting Google’s claims that Aliyun OS is a forked version of Android, Alibaba pledged not to deviate from its mobile strategy. The company did, however, move to put some distance between it and Aliyun OS by spinning off the division.

Alibaba’s strength in ecommerce and cloud computing usually results in comparisons to eBay and Amazon as western equivalents, but, as it diversifies its product portfolio, it’s increasingly coming into direct competition with Google. The new Aliyun search site, for example, offers specific searches for news, pictures and a beta version of maps. Alibaba began integrating Aliyun’s mapping service into its Taobao C2C marketplace last October.

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