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Google Removes All Sites Under .CO.CC Over Security Concerns

Dennis Fisher in ThreatPost reports: "In a rare and sweeping move, Google has removed all of the sites hosted on .co.cc domains from its search results, saying that because such a large percentage of the sites on that freehosting provider are low-quality or spammy, they decided to de-index all of them. The .co.cc domain is well-known in security and anti-spam circles for being a favorite spot for phishing and spam domains, but there also are legitimate domains hosted there."

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co.cc is not a second level ccTLD though .. its a domain Suresh Ramasubramanian  –  Jul 06, 2011 7:35 PM PDT

And it provides free subdomain hosting and redirection to a site of your choice.

That sort of service is a magnet for abusers if appropriate controls are not in place.

I am not at all surprised at this action of Google's, to be frank.

I don't really see the fuss about Gary Osbourne  –  Jul 07, 2011 2:34 PM PDT

I don't really see the fuss about this. Many search engines have used similar in their algoriths for many years. OTOH their was serious discussion amongst senior netadmins way back about 1996 to remove *.tw (Taiwan's ccTLD) entirely from their root zone files as so many of its domains were the source of so much spam. Now that would be news.

@Suresh. It is a question of semantics. co.cc is a second level domain. It is one level below a TLD or ccTLD hence second.

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