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RE: googling an IP address
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 11:27:34 -0700


1.  I've tried googling for addresses, and rarely get much result.
I've just tried googling for MY ip address, and got NO hits.

2.  I'd expect the referrer headers in any pages cached by Google
would record how Google's own prowling bots reached the cached page.
Why would Google by caching -- and indexing! -- your friends' page 
visits?  It doesn't make any sense!

  It's just possible that by "googled" you mean something other
than "searched via http://www.google.com";.  Do you?

David Gillett

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris R [mailto:admin () securityindex net]
Sent: May 11, 2003 17:39
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: googling an IP address

While toying around this weekend i googled my own IP address 
(simple  right?, dont know why i never did it before) only to 
find i could access  hundreds of sites cached referrer 
(spelling?) pages and i could view  thousands of IP addresses 
and where they had previously visited (including  what they 
had searched for on various search engines) prior to visiting 
 the site whos cached referrers page i was looking at. Ok 
that might have  been confusing but this strikes me as a 
breach in privacy? I mean i could  literally view THOUSANDS 
of IP addresses and exactly what they had typed  into search 
engines. This really isnt a HUGE security risk or flaw, but  
does this strike anyone else as a lack of privacy? Yes i know 
the idea of  100% anonynimity (spelling?) on the internet is 
truely a dream, but  blocking these kinds of cached pages 
could easily prevent this type of  spying. I googled a few 
friends IP addresses and surprised them with what  they had 
been viewing only days before and exactly what they had 
entered  into google to find that site. Oh well, any 
comments? :-/  Chris

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