Google has hurriedly disabled a feature in its webmaster tool that allowed people to delete websites from Google’s search index.
The flaw was discovered by James Breckenridge, operations director at UK Web Media, who reported the problem on his personal blog.
He had discovered that using Google’s webmaster tool, which is used for maintaining websites he was able to delete websites from Google’s search index, which is used by the company to give relevant results every time people make a search.
“I can’t believe I am the only person to figure this out and there are a number of things that could be happening right now if this information is already in the wrong hands,” he wrote.
Thankfully, Google only took seven hours to fix the problem by disabling the feature and even brought the deleted websites back in its index. The consequences of the flaw getting into the wrong hands would be unimaginable.
"The URL removal feature kept detailed records, so we're currently reprocessing earlier removal requests to ensure their validity," the company said in a statement. "Our initial examination has shown only a limited impact."