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Report: Thousands of Google Plus Hotel URLs Were Hacked

Excerpt from Search Engine Land

Jan 16, 2014 7:30 am

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Thousands of hotels listed within Google+ Local appear to have had links leading to their official sites “hijacked” and replaced with ones leading to third-party booking services. Google+ Local listings are what Google depends on to provide results in Google Maps or Google Search, when people look for local businesses.

For example, here is the “verified” page for the Courtyard Marriott in Sherman Oaks, California: the URLs for the hotel’s official website leads to “courtyardmarriott.roomstobook.info” rather than the hotel’s actual page here within the Marriott.com domain [note: the page has been removed].

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