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Old 05-27-2005, 08:13 AM   #1 (Print)
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Google Web Accelerator - Privacy Issues

The Google Web Accelerator is a cache tool that apparently caches everything, including cookies, Private Messages and Logins on forums such as this.

Google has taken the download link off, tho' it's still available if you know where to look on the Google site, not to mention on P2P networks, and, more to the point, it's still working.

To read an adonine summary, go to
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/se...39197327,00.htm

To read a more forceful summary, full of anti-Google bitterness, go to
http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2858
(Even stripping out the anger and anti-Googleness, this guy seems to have got it about right).

And to see a forum become aware of this behaviour, go to
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=1550469

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Old 05-27-2005, 08:28 AM   #2 (Print)
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That's scary. So spammers could trawl through this cache and extract email addresses. I can't believe that Google didn't spot this, or care enough about it.

I have enough trouble trying to avoid ISP's who attempt to use transparent proxies, now this. And programs such as Spy Sweeper couldn't do anything about it. Google appears to be moving to the dark side.

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