Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Good article summarizing a paper that examines the depths of search engine autocomplete manipulation. This happens when a malicious actor sends a large number of fake queries for a specific search term in order to cause the search engine to suggest a full query benefiting their client. The result is that victims are directed to disreputable and sometimes fraudulent websites. "I really had no idea about the extent of manipulation (blackhat SEO) of autocomplete suggestions for search until I read this paper," writes Adrian Colyer.

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