You can get arrested for Googlebombing

Google search engine | September 11th, 2007 | 12 Comments

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Well not exactly for Googlebombing but thats what indirectly caused the arrest of the 23 years old Polish geek Mark W. The news first came up on a Polish newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza” (website is in Polish language).

Lets take a look what caused his arrest and how come Googlebombing has to do with this (we mentioned about Google bombing in the previous article SEO and BackLinks Power).

Young internet geek is facing up to 3 years in prison. The man is accused of insulting president Lech Kaczy?ski.

23 years old Marek W. from Cieszyn has written an amateur piece of software for so-called “website positioning.” After typing the given keyword into a search engine [Google, it turns out] the positioned website pops up as first item.

The man used the official website of Polish president Lech Kaczy?ski for testing the software. When internet users typed “kutas” [“penis”] they got the official president’s site. Furthermore – it was the first result. They played with this for couple of months – right up to March this year. That’s when the 23 years old was traced by investigator from the Katowice police office.

Finding him wasn’t difficult – the man used his home computer, which police easily traced by its IP address. The computer amateur confirmed that he wrote the program. “I just wanted to verify my skills and check if the software works” was his his explanation during the hearings.

This is yet another prove that Googlebombing has not been killed and that problem has not been resolved by Google, as they announced. This yet is a prove of how POWERFUL the backlinks are in SEO technology and how big their influence is on the SERPs of Google search engine.

Lets just hope that piece of software does not get public for download. Or at least, thats what Google hopes, since they haven’t really resolved the Google bombing.

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12 Responses to “You can get arrested for Googlebombing”
  1. This is the funniest thing I read all day. It is so scary that they can arrest people for these things in some countries though. I can’t imagine that happening in the UK – I hope.

  2. il maistro says:

    Poor guy, google bombing worked here in Peru too, when we used the keyword “estafadores” to point to a phone company website. It really works.

  3. Haha, poor guy. He should blog about it, seriously good link bait :)

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  5. Forrest says:

    It sounds like they should let the guy out. I don’t know how his software worked ( imagine lots of spam ), but it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what he was charged for.

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  7. it is very interesting, but I doubt is there any law to sue the guy ? It just backlinks anchor text …may be the country is lack of human rights…

  8. well, this is what happens in my country too (Indonesia). If you do said something bad about the Prime Minister (President), you could get jailed too.

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