[unisog] Getting things deleted from Google's cache

Harry Hoffman hhoffman at ip-solutions.net
Thu Apr 6 02:10:08 GMT 2006

Hi Russell,

Check here:

Google will review based upon META tags or submission of a URL if it's

Hope this helps.


Harry Hoffman
Integrated Portable Solutions, LLC
877.846.5927 ext 1000

Russell Fulton wrote:
> Hi,
> 	We had an incident where a file was exposed to the Internet on a web
> server that should not have been visible outside. The problem was first
> discovered back in December and the firewall settings changed so the the
> server was no longer accessible from outside.  Everyone heaved a sight
> of relief and went back to sleep.  Last week we found out that the file
> was still available via Google!  Ouch!!
> It turns out that Google will delete pages from the cache if and only if
> it gets a 404 from the url (I assume there must be some timeout ???).
> By simply removing the server from the net we did not get the file out
> of Google's cache and it sat there for four months.
> We are now 'resurrecting' a skeleton server to expire all material from
> Google's cache.
> One other thing I found ( thanks to "es0" on #unisog) is the url to
> request Google to remove items from the cache urgently.  This still
> requires that Google gets a 404 for the url and takes "3 to 5 days".
> http://services.google.com:8882/urlconsole/controller?cmd=reload&lastcmd=login
> This site also has information on how to use meta tags to control what
> Google indexes.  I wish Google had prominent links to this url on their
> contact and security pages, it would have saved me quite some time.
> This information was published in the spring issue of 2600.
> Cheers, Russell
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