Olympic Gymnastic Cheating Revisited

Almost two years ago to the day, I wrote a post about China’s female gymnastic performance at the Beijing Olympic Games and Google hacking. I was struck with how the little girls of China were so obviously underaged, which happens to be an advantage in that sport.

And then I found Internet security expert Mike Walker’s blog on the subject at Stryde Hax, which detailed his probing of documentation once available through search engines and then deleted by the Chinese government. However, with some knowledge of the workings of Google and other search engines, he was able to dig up archives of the deleted web pages which contradicted the official Chinese line.

indexAlthough investigations from more mainstream investigative sources found the same sort of evidence, the International Olympic Committee seemed to ignore and then to actively support the powerful Chinese participants.

Now over two years later, the Chinese female gymnastic team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics has been stripped of its medal and the American team officially has moved up to bronze… It seems at least one of Chinese team’s members were too young then, as well.

Stryde Hax notes this vindication while pointing out that the glaring Beijing case was acknowledged by the head of the international gymnastics association, while at the same time distancing himself from any attempt to investigate it further.

Stryde Hax’s recent blog post ends with this telling comment:

“If you’d like to read the official Chinese response, try to access this link:
http://www.baidu.com/s?wd=cache:strydehax.blogspot.com
That URL is an attempt to retrieve this blog from the archives of the Chinese search engine Baidu. Visiting the link will result in a forcibly terminated connection via automated Internet censorship; you will simply receive a browser error. And that is the official response.”

And further on Google hacking…

Johnny Long’s Google Hacking Data Base is still online. He’s now a “Hacker for Charity.” The GHDB provides all kinds of clues and suggestions for searches that reveal more than the creators of the data might want others to know. Most of it is pretty mundane though.

And now that Microsoft’s Bing search engine is out there, there are tools around to do similar penetration type investigation of search results there — take a look at this article on Binging

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