Η Google will eventually work on fixing a bug in its search engine that allowed search results to be falsified. This error was first reported by Wietze Beukema on 2017. The UK security expert recently published a detailed post outlining this error, which is based on the ability to share "knowledge graphs" that appear along with some search results.
Google Knowledge Graph is a snippet appearing in search results where the company displays quick information about a user's search. Knowledge Graph usually appears on the right side of search results.
By clicking the share button in the snippet, a short URL containing a unique knowledge graph ID can be obtained. This parameter & kgmid, a search query could be added to the web address to display a Knowledge Graph on any search result.
For example, one might add Kim Jong-Un's photo below the search query "Who is the President of the United States?"
The repair takes a long time
After the report by Mr Beukema, the story was spread through the news and seems to have been detected by Google. The security expert told Twitter that Google "is working on the solution" of the problem after finding the story with the TechCrunch bug. However, the company did not provide any timetable on when the correction will be implemented, and it is not the first time that it is informed of the problem. When Beukema first made the 2017 report, it seems that the case was closed and rejected because it was not considered a serious enough problem. Therefore, there is no guarantee that the solution will come quickly.
The severity of the problem
At first glance, the possible issues that could arise as the error still exists seem relatively harmless to similar errors like the one used for 50 theft of millions of dollars in cryprobes at the beginning of last year. As Beukema notes, this is not certain. With the concern to grow about the false news and the ease with which this error can be used, legitimate search results can be tampered with and communicated in order to spread conspiracy theories and misinterpret those who are exposed to this information. However, this threat to the results that have been altered may ultimately be more damaging to Google itself. The company has greatly built its reputation on the credibility of its searches. The problem could eventually cause a decrease in public confidence in the company.