Friday, October 06, 2006

Harvest email-ids using Google Code Search

http://www.google.com/codesearch
The google's source code search engine features regular expression queries. This makes the search engine powerful like AK-47. However IMHO , if this falls in the hands of evil users they might use it to harvest spam. Google has to do something on it.

This simple alphabetic regexp query [a-z]*@[a-z]*.com
spits 4,640,000 email ids.

The geeks usually put username DOT AT gmail dot com etc in blogs but in the source codes everyone gave Name email id that too really private ones as you can see.

We all saw a similar cry when username.googlepages.com exposed the gmail ids when site: operator search was performed. This time for code search the result count is much more and the ids are not spam resistant gmail ids.

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