If things aren’t bad enough already in the world and on the web, Google and its clients have to deal with a problematic wave of extortion, aka blackmail from the dark forces of Negative SEO gangsters who are threatening webmasters that they’ll damage their Google results if they don’t pay up money.
Cybercrime is a multi-billion dollar a year industry and law enforcement hasn’t enough manpower nor experts to battle it all. Google had reportedly told webmasters that their ratings could suffer from attacks but now things have taken a turn for the worse.
Google realizes they can’t protect their webmasters and are stumbling around working feverishly to handle the problem. Law enforcement around the world is stymied as to how to combat it as with countries like China, Russia, Nigeria, and even the U.S. Have no way to arrest and prosecute them all.
Crime is running rampant all over the planet and it stands to reason that the web is suffering brutally. Major hacking attacks have compromised billions of accounts and it looks like there’s no stopping them. Some experts claim a reboot of the web is called for but skeptics point out that criminals aren’t the only ones engaged in such activities as we’ve seen in the headlines that governments themselves have engaged in unlawful web surveillance and theft. Shut down and rebooting the web would mean these governments would be crippled regarding espionage. Add to that the cyber criminals are making so much money and paying so much in bribes, shutting them out would mean disaster for the underworld and corporates.
The consensus is that a Congressional route in the U.S., teamed up with international allies could effectively make the web far safer but then countries like China and Russia would protest. The cybercrime economy is so vast that should it shut down it might cause international disaster for honest webmasters as well.
This is the age of computer warfare that had been predicted by security experts decades ago but no one paid attention. These negative SEO blackmail attempts are just one of thousands of scams to rise and sink its fangs into the public.
Right now the only recourse for a victim is to contact their local law enforcement or FBI but that is of little help as their hands are full and resources limited.
In recent months Google has added some firepower to its algorithm lineup with Panda and more. It looked promising but it is going to take a miracle, a real smart whiz kid to come up with something that ends this nightmare once and for all. That just might happen because whomever does come up with a solution will be wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. Somehow some computer whiz sitting in their basement or fooling around on their smartphone will have an epiphany and come up with a solution. It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’. When it does you’ll see mountains shake all over the planet and cyber criminals fleeing for their lives.
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