Google research

A nice idea that I caught on Digg – Google’s Binary Search Helps Identify Malware. The article at PCWorld goes on to describe using Google’s index to hunt for malware on hosted machines, which is a wonderful way to use that index. There have been articles in the past about using Google for security, but it was mostly “Wow, look how much they know about you…” sorts of things. Like when you find out that one of your users put all their passwords in a (they thought) hidden directory that still somehow had a link to it… Or maybe the search engine read the cache to see that someone accessed it once.. or..

Yeah, having worked for a search engine in the past, I can pretty safely say that if you’ve put it on the web and accessed it – then you just don’t have any sense of security through obscurity.

Anyway, neat article.

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