October 02, 2010
Search Engine Pages in Google result "intoxicated" in an interesting way. I took the screen shot below when looking for "owasp nz" a couple of weeks ago.

Not sure why Google indexes links with HTML payload (e.g. <br>) in the subdomain and/or domain name of the links. Further research also reveals the following points:

cache:http://w<br>ww.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_New_Zealand_Day_2010 - no results returned.
site:http://w<br>ww.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_New_Zealand_Day_2010 - one result returned.
link:http://w<br>ww.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_New_Zealand_Day_2010 - returns:

So the question is: Who the *** is linking to OWASP NZ site in that way?

From a negative SEO perspective, this is another technique which can be used to 'poison' SERPs of competitors site.DNS won't resolve domain name with HTML tags such as <br>. I am sure this affects other web sites as well.

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