After Yahoos blog was hacked I spotted today that Amnesty seem to have a similar problem.

Monitoring the SERPs for ‘buy viagra‘ (ahem) I noticed an Amnesty blog post appearing in 8th. If you click on the link you get redirected via some onpage script to a pharmacy site…

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The cached text of the page shows the viagra content. If you go direct to the page (rather than visiting via Google) you won’t be redirected either and can view the text.

What’s most alarming is the scale of the problem over at Amnesty.

A quick site lookup shows blog and news articles full of hidden text and links to .edu domains and ‘pharmacy’ sites… not cool.

Coincidentally the listing above Amnesty for ‘buy viagra’ is from Prospect Magazine. You see as a user you get redirected to the homepage but visit as Googlebot and you see a whole different page. A quick lookup shows they have similar issues to Amnesty.

Looks like Matts 2008 predictions are coming true.