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Submission + - Google Fights Back (

Cry0 writes: "In a move by Google to crack down on the abuse of its search engine by hackers, its implemented a new system that tracks searches and flags anything that may be considered bot usage or vulnrability scanning.

Hackers have begun to report that doing their normal searches on Google, and using Google's own inbuilt systems and parameters to make extremely specific searches has begin to flag Google's Error message.

We're sorry... ... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google.

This error message was triggered after using Google's Inurl: parameter to find links that contain specific properties, even tho the search itself was not being made by a bot, or any spyware, the user is then blocked for a fixed period of time from advancing their search.

The trouble comes when the people being blocked are not members of the hacker community, anyone with a good internet brain on their shoulders that wants to use Google's inbuilt query system to find a specific result will now run the risk of having their results blocked.

Some people see this as a move to far on Google's Part. only time will tell if this situation gets worse or better."

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