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Re: New google's top query?
From: Alex Keller <alkeller () sfsu edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 21:54:06 -0700

Re: New google's top query?

this "hack" (really a numrange search) was covered at DEFCON12 (http://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-12/dc-12-index.html) and widely known before it was publicized by Johnny Long (http://johnny.ihackstuff.com/) during his talk at the conference (to his credit, he did NOT release the exact syntax BTW). following that search now will yield little sensitive info, as most of the affected sites have removed the pages that demonstrated this security breach. Google is well aware of the malicious activity that can be aided with their search engine....but they are in a bit of a predicament between notions of security and freedom; a common juxtaposition in politics, social order, and network security.

this forum at Johnny's site has plenty more search "hacks":

for further investigation and vulnerability testing, check out Foundstone's SiteDigger: http://www.foundstone.com/index.htm?subnav=resources/navigation.htm&subcontent=/resources/s3i_tools.htm

Athena is another powerful Google digging tool that can expose search vulnerabilities; although i can't seem to find a working download site right now. you can grab the entire DEFCON12 iso (457MB) at:
Athena can be found in the directory "Long".

happy Google hunting...oh yeah, don't be an idiot and use this info for evil.


Jérôme ATHIAS wrote:


i don't remember to have seen this info here...

If information is knowledge and knowledge is power, then Google must be all powerful. I say this because of the thing 
you can find on Google if you know how to look for them. A new Google hack has come to my attention that brings back 
some information that is a bit troubling. I must say that it is also good for the more you know about something the 
better you are to act upon it. The hack is this:


When this query is put into the Google search, an idea of the brut strength of Google becomes apparent. You can find 
things like this, which may worry you if you found your name on it.

I’m not really sure if Google knows what it can do, but they take an interesting stance toward their provision of data.



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