Google Disables 'Remove Any Site' from Google Webmaster Tools Bug

A loophole earlier in the day discovered within Google's Webmaster Tools and that allowed anyone to remove any site from Google.Both James Breckenridge and Barry Schwartz reported this bug reported to Google. Here's what Google said,"we're still investigating this report, and to be cautious we disabled all URL removals earlier this morning." So now, if […]

A loophole earlier in the day discovered within Google's Webmaster Tools and that allowed anyone to remove any site from Google.

Both James Breckenridge and Barry Schwartz reported this bug reported to Google. Here's what Google said,

"we're still investigating this report, and to be cautious we disabled all URL removals earlier this morning." So now, if you even own a site, you won't be able to remove the site or pages from the site using Google's URL removal tool.

So, how did this loophole work? James descries:

You use the following URL when logged into Google Webmaster Tools:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals-request?hl=en&siteUrl=http://{YOUR_URL}/&urlt={URL_TO_BLOCK}

Replace in the URL above:

  • {YOUR_URL} = A URL you control within Webmaster Tools
  • {URL_TO_BLOCK} = The URL of the site you want to block:
    • You can request removal of the following:
      • Site - Provide top level domain (E.g. http://www.someurl.com/)
      • Section - Provide URL of the folder (E.g. http://www.someurl.com/somefolder/)
      • Page - Provide URL of the page (E.g. http://www.someurl.com/somefolder/somepage.html)

[Source: James Breckenridge, Via: SEL]