Be Careful With Journalists – Google Accused of funding Terrorists Part 2

by Jeremy Schoemaker on December 7, 2006 · 18 comments

Due to all the hype with the whole “Google funds Terrorism” stories going around the net my phone is ringing off the hook from reporters. Seriously like this is nuts. They also are not even caring about the click fraud issues they just want to know more about the Terrorist-Google connection.

Let me be clear – The data I reviewed was apache log files and other stuff pertaining to the AIT clickfraud claims. I have not seen and do not know of any secret Google Terrorist funding stuff.

Matt Cutts is all over digg and blogs commenting on this and dispelling Google Terrorist funding connections.

The sad part of this story (so far) is all the journalist want is me on record saying that Google is funding terrorism or some crap like that. They don’t even care about the click fraud case really they just hear Google funding terrorists and they taste blood.

Anyway just be careful when speaking with reporters. They are your best friend on the phone but in the end you are responsible for what you say. Don’t compromise yourself to make some headline.

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{ 15 comments }

1 kempdogg

Jeremy,

Reporters are probably calling you asking about Google funding Terrorism because of your blog post entitled, “Accusations Of Google Funding Terrorism.”

2 Matthew

Isn’t this exactly what you wanted when you posted this BS?

3 Chris

“Don’t compromise yourself to make some headline.”

Oh the iron knee.

4 bwb

I’m so disappointed in you shoe, unless you apologize for this crap article, you just put up some crap with a big headline and it was wrong wrong wrong! Google doesn’t fund terrorist. Jesus christ I feel like I’m watching fox news and there don’t seem to be any real journalist.

5 LB

I think Shoe made a valid point.

If someone has the word “Playboy” on their site or their brother clicks an ad, the Google bot catches it and bans them.

But there are sites plastered with Al quaeda message boards and pro-terror statements and Google just shrugs.

Google is a profit whore…those sites are profitable enough I guess they just turn an eye.

6 Jeff Quindlen

Give shoe a break. If Google cuts an AdSense check to Hezbollah or Al Qaeda, they are definitely funding terrorism, bottom line.

7 Michael Martin

Be careful when speaking with reporters? How about don’t speak to them. It doesn’t matter what you actually say, you will have said whatever they feel like writing that you said once they publish their stories.

8 ShoeMoney

umm someone is accusing google of funding terrorism. What else would you title the story with.

9 ToddW

You should do some interviews on the phone but tell the reporters you are recording this conversation and then post it online for everyone to listen too. Now you’ll get your name and site in papers + you’ll have PROOF of what you said specifically. ;) Think of the links ! LOL ;)

10 Christoph C. Cemper

I like ToddW’s idea… InterviewBaiting :-)

11 James

Shoe,

This is shameless terrorbaiting. While you’re definitely not the first to exploit terrorbating (homeland security) you certainly raised an eyebrow or two in the Internet marketing space. Time to grow up.

12 NevDull

Everyone who’s outraged, learn to fake it ’til you make it.

13 Tom V

How about… “Google Buys Pony’s For Underprivileged Children”, heh just kidding. I think he was saying thats why they are calling you, and he wasn’t suggesting you change it. I think.

14 quadszilla

scraper spam here

15 UGNN

I’m sorry, but you are incorrect.

Over a year ago before this whole issue came up, I pointed out in a Safenet column that Google is “contributing to” terrorists fundraising efforts, not with money, but by not watching the store.

We track hundreds of phishing and stalker sites paired with spam each week. An alarming number of them lead to revenue producing efforts located at IP addresses in terrorist areas.

There’s little that can be done about it because ICANN continues to allow “Domain Kiting” — a practice widly used by organized crime, many of which lead to the middle east and eastern europe.

Google allows any web site owner, ISP or Registrar with hundreds of domains to be listed and ranked with link-farm sites, no matter what the nature. Using the 5-day remission period for domain payment, ICANN allows theys “kiters” to purchase hundreds of thousands of dead domains — and they have five days before they have to either pay or the domains are dropped and returned to the available domain pool.

The Kiters, (with automated server farms) load the domains with link farms, phishing knock-offs, online drug affiliate sites and Google AdSence farms for the five days — but then DROP the domains before they are forced to pay. They send their domain registration bots immediately back and re-register the domains for another 5-day period.

In the mean time, millions of these kited and bogus domains are finding their way to the TOP of google searches, and spam email, sucking in unweary surfers to extort them and borrow their identities.

Google: “Domain Kiting” and you’ll see.

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