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    Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics: Dangerous Security Flaw?

    WebmasterTools in Dangerous Security Flaw
    by David Naylor
    27 November 2012

    It has been seen tonight that WebmasterTools has suffered a major security hole and opened up and reverified all old accounts. What does this mean to the SEO community?

    From initial glance at our WMT’s accounts we now have regained access to every old account we have previously been given access to, whether that is a previous client or maybe a site that came to us for some short term consultancy. What is also quite amusing (if you look on the funny side) is that you can see who won the client or who you won the client from.

    On a more serious note though, now that WMT is so much more powerful than it ever was there is a serious risk that damage could be caused to sites by people who no longer have permission to make changes. Things like disavow link lists, deindex urls or the entire site, redirect urls, geolocation alterations .. a whole world of pain.

    Oh… and this also is the same for Google Analytics too.. its going to potentially be a late night! Hopefully the messages that we have sent to Matt Cutts will be seen and actioned quickly.
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    Re: Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics: Dangerous Security Flaw?

    Google Security Alert: Unverified Users Regain Webmaster Tools, Analytics Access - Search Engine Watch (#SEW)

    Attention site owners: former employees, consultants, or contractors may now have access to your Google Webmaster Tools and Analytics accounts. A Google security flaw has restored access to users who no longer should have that access.

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    Re: Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics: Dangerous Security Flaw?

    Google Fixes Webmaster Tools Security Breach

    This morning, Google sent us a statement saying:


    For several hours yesterday a small set of Webmaster Tools accounts were incorrectly re-verified for people who previously had access. We've reverted these accounts and are investigating ways to prevent this issue from recurring.

    It is unclear if any damage was done over that 12 hour period but for some, it was incredibly nerve racking knowing that some people may have unauthorized access to your Webmaster Tools account and do some serious damage to your site in Google.

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    Re: Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics: Dangerous Security Flaw?

    Whoa, scary stuff David. I had not seen that yet.
    Thanks for letting us know!
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