In computing, phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message, although phone contact has been used as well. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, and technical measures.

The first recorded mention of phishing is on the alt.online-service.america-online Usenet newsgroup on January 2, 1996, although the term may have appeared even earlier in the print edition of the hacker magazine 2600. The term phishing is a variant of fishing, probably influenced by phreaking,  and alludes to the use of increasingly sophisticated lures to “fish” for users’ financial information and passwords. The word may also be linked to leetspeak, in which ph is a common substitution for f.

Shown below is a sample email message I received from PayPal

Paypal phishing email

If you dissect this email digging into its header and the content code, you will see two things jump out

Google Dance 2006 logoI discovered the Google Dance site by accident and Google are yet to announce it officially on their blog or website.

So what is the Google Dance? It is Google’s annual party which brings together company engineers and other internet entrepreneurs. Hoping to ease the tensions with webmasters, Google hatched the idea of its “dance” party during an annual search engine convention held in Silicon Valley, just a few miles from Google’s headquarters. The company invited some of the Black Hats, effectively welcoming the foxes into the hen house.

Dance — an annual summer party that’s become a metaphor for the behind-the-scenes twists and turns that can cause Web sites to rise and fall in Google’s search results.

So, coming back to Google Dance 2006, this year’s theme was Come as you are. Gas. Liquid. Or solid. The partay was on 08.08.06 from 6:30-11

Some other notable facts

1. Googlers love Amstel Light, Heineken and Sierra Nevada to lighten the mood up

2. Googlers love Chicken wings and uh.. they love to eat

3. For fun … they teach Robots to play soccer and play Robot Wars

4. Oh they work, before they party by showing Product demos

5. To check out why robots are still vastly inferior to humans, go straight to minute 2 from the Google Dance 2006 video at the end of this article.

Google just launched a customized search service called Google Co-op to bring tailored search to Web sites and blogs. Co-op allows a user to use the Google search platform to create a search engine focused on any content they want with just a few specific websites included. Searches will return results only from the sites the user requested.

Users have a number of options to customize the search engine: choosing which pages they want to include in their index, how the content should be prioritized, whether others can contribute to the index, and what the search results page will look like.

This can be particularly useful for small websites and blogs who wish to monetize their search as the service can be integrated with Google Adsense. The Google Co-op search would be a better choice for bloggers than their default built-in search feature as they can create a search engine with just one site, namely the link to their own blog/website. It allows a kind of social search by allowing other people to add links to the search results and also allows sharing of revenue with those sites who embed your custom search engine into their site.

I am sure for many of your assignments or questions in general, you have used Google or any of the search engines to get a headstart into your research in your quest to get an answer to your problem. However, what you get in return from your search result is a whole bunch of irrelevant information thrown at you. Using advanced operators usually helps solve this problem, however sometimes you get lucky and the answer is usually staring at your face. Most likely the answer you are seeking is usually provided by a pay/subscription site. One of the more prominent ones in this category is Experts Exchange. Here, I am going to tell you probably one of the more wide known secrets in accessing hidden information from pay/subscription sites and in general for this article, targetted towards getting answers for FREE from experts exchange.

 

Method # 1: Using Google Cache

For demonstration, I am trying to look on how to covert C code into Assembly. Now, if I enter this query in Google, I get some pretty decent results. Now, we are trying to look for a solution at Experts Exchange. So, I go to google.com and type in covert c code to assembly site:experts-exchange.com. The ‘site:’ is an advanced operator in google which limits our search results to that particular website and in this case, it is experts-exchange.