Has Stack Overflow been hijacked?
Something funny seems to be happening with Google and Stack Overflow.
I first noticed this last night when on my Macbook at home. I went to www.google.co.uk, typed in “stackoverflow” and was presented by the usual page. However I noticed that the url displyed under the link on the search results said www.doioig.gov. When clicking the link it took me to www.doioig.gov instead of www.stackoverflow.com. I thought to myself that this was probably just a temporary issue and went to the correct url myself.
But when I got to work this morning and logged onto my RHEL box and tried to get onto Stack Overflow again I went to www.google.co.uk (well used firefox’s search bar) and typed “stackoverflow” and again I have been presented with the result but linking to www.doioig.gov.
It seems that www.doioig.gov is the page for “Office of Inspector General” and appears to be a very harmless US government website.
I did a quick search for “stackoverflow doioig” (as you can see in the screenshots) to see if anyone else had seen this issue but there is nothing in the search that appears relevant at time of writing.
So I am curious to know if this is an accidental hijacking of stackoverflow’s result on google, it has the correct page description and everything which is odd, or whether something more interesting is happening at google.
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