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AOL search data reveals disturbing details about users

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 by: NewsTarget
Tags: online privacy, search engines, internet users


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(NewsTarget) According to a report by CNET news, internet giant AOL recently published the search histories of more than 650,000 of its users, exposing the lives of regular -- and not so regular -- people to public scrutiny.

While AOL apologized, and the data do not identify the searchers by name, the document was removed from the AOL web site too late to keep it from being replicated across the internet.

This release of this information means anyone can look up three months of AOL search history (Google, Yahoo and MSN searches were not included) for any user whose ID number is published in this directory.

As CNET reports, it gives insight into how much an internet search can reveal about a person. While the information could be skewed by factors such as people who share their user number with other people, the information is still very telling. In their report, CNET compiled excerpts, in chronological order, of other searches released by AOL. The searches are presented as-is, so spelling errors have not been corrected.

AOL user 311045: From the search, it can be surmised that the user probably owns a Scion XB automobile that needs new brake pads, and that the person wants to upgrade with performance oil filters. The user is also likely to live in Florida, and may be contemplating something shady.

  • how to change brake pads on scion xb
  • 2005 us open cup florida state champions
  • how to get revenge on a ex
  • how to get revenge on a ex girlfriend
  • how to get revenge on a friend who f---ed you over
  • replacement bumper for scion xb
  • florida department of law enforcement
  • crime stoppers florida
AOL user 1515830: Probably a resident of Mahoning County in Ohio, this user did a March 1 search for the calorie content of chai tea, but by March 19, it was revealed that pressing concerns weigh heavily on the user.

  • chai tea calories
  • calories in bananas
  • aftermath of incest
  • how to tell your family you're a victim of incest
  • pottery barn
  • curtains
  • surgical help for depression
  • oakland raiders comforter set
  • can you adopt after a suicide attempt
  • who is not allowed to adopt
  • i hate men
  • medication to enhance female desire
  • jobs in denver colorado
  • teaching positions in denver colorado
  • how long will the swelling last after my tummy tuck
  • divorce laws in ohio
  • free remote keyloggers
  • baked macaroni and cheese with sour cream
  • how to deal with anger
  • teaching jobs with the denver school system
  • marriage counseling tips
  • anti psychotic drugs
AOL user 005315: This user may have been worried that they, or one of their friends, was in danger from an abusive partner.

  • resources for utility bill paying assistance in southern california
  • section 8 housing southern california
  • los angeles county ca. gang member pictures
  • orange county california jails inmate information
  • fractured ankle
  • letters and responses written by women to emotionally
  • abusive partners
  • men that use emotional and physical abandonment to control their partner
  • warning signs of a mans infidelity or sexual addiction
  • the sociopathic relationship
  • southern california newspaper stories about woman murdered by boyfriend in pomona december2005
  • names of females murdered or found dead in pomona california in 2005
  • characteristics of a sociopath in a relationship
  • a person that shows lack of empathy
  • help in writing a letter to a abusive narcissistic ex boyfriend
  • how to hurt the narcissistic man
  • retaliating against the narcisisstic man
AOL user 9486162: He or she is likely to be a fan of both poker and the University of Kentucky's football team. On April 26, the user's searches tended toward methods of suicide. It can be hoped that the later, lighter searches were indicative of a change of heart.

  • university of kentucky football
  • hold'em poker school
  • ways to kill yourself
  • suicide by natural gas
  • how to kill oneself by natural gas
  • assisted suicide
  • suicide by overdosing
  • how long does carbon monoxide poisoning take to kill a person
  • over dose ways to commit suicide
  • university of kentucky 2007 football recruits
  • texas hold'em poker on line seminars
  • employment needed- louisville ky
AOL user 2708: From the searches, it is reasonable to assume this user is a female with revenge on her mind. She may have set up her ex-boyfriend to receive articles on gay life, Christian literature and possibly Columbia House CDs. Her targeted ex could be a parent living in New Hampshire. The user's match.com search could mean she is also searching for another relationship.

  • revenge tactics
  • the woman's book of revenge
  • dirty tricks for chicks
  • voice changer
  • how to humiliate someone
  • bill me pay later for cd's
  • scams to play on people
  • how to get revenge on an old lover
  • i hate my ex boyfriend
  • how to really make someone hurt for the pain they caused to someone else
  • columbia house
  • advice from women who have seeked revenge on old lovers
  • makehimsuffer.com
  • how to say goodbye hurtfully
  • how to report child neglect in the state of new hampshire
  • free articles on gay life that can be mailed to me
  • free christian things
  • free gay magazines
  • free angry stuff to send to an ex lover
  • how to permanently delete information from your hard drive
  • makehimpay.net
  • women's harley davidson boots
  • www.match.com
  • the worst thing to send someone via email
  • thong dancewear
  • locatecell.com
  • what can i do to an old lover for revenge
  • mean revenge tactics
  • death records in hampstead new hampshire
AOL user 4331025: This Massachusetts resident appears to have been focused on his divorce, relocation and the custody of his children, evidenced by the results of his three-month search.

  • charlton ma apartments
  • gourmet condiments
  • cheer up plaques
  • mass custody definitions
  • kids health
  • wastewater jobs mass
  • visitation schedule
  • kids gym places in worcester
  • mass wastewater certification exam forums
  • counter surveilance products
  • sample visitation schedules
  • how are fat girlfriends
  • salem probate court decisions
  • revenge for a cheating spouse
  • civil war a fathers guide to wining custody
  • mass licensed daycare providers
  • fish chowder recipes
  • win your child custody war books for sale
  • martindale hubbell
  • first date dos and donts
  • how to satisfy a woman
  • penis enlargement
  • how to get revenge on exwife
  • how to do a background check with a liscense number
AOL user 100906: These search results probably belong to a Cincinnati woman who is looking to the internet for advice on relationships, spiritual issues and her career.

  • cinncinati bell iwireless
  • addicted to love
  • women who love to much
  • learning to be single
  • should you call your ex
  • when your ex goes out of his way to run into u
  • slim upper thighs
  • inches a weigh
  • prophet mohamed life teaching
  • missed period or light spotting
  • birthcontrol for morning after pill
  • l&n federal credit union
  • hes just not that into u
  • i dont have a career
  • should i get back with my divorced husband
  • when you have less property than you u bought
  • what talking in tounges really means
  • questions about the bible
  • do i quailfy for food stamps in kentucky
AOL user 11574916: Likely a male, this user seems to have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (or maybe cocaine) in Florida, and is wondering if he can avoid the charge in New York. He also seems to be interested in finding a mail order bride.

  • cocaine in urine
  • asian mail order brides
  • states reciprocity with florida
  • florida dui laws
  • extradtion from new york to florida
  • mail order brides from largos
  • will one be extradited for a dui
  • cooking jobs in french quarter new orleans
  • will i be extradited from ny to fl on a dui charge
AOL user 3540871: This user may be a single mother living in Joliet, Ill. with a criminal conviction, hoping to find a job in spite of her past. She may also be the wife of an abusive husband who is about to be released from county jail outside of Chicago.

  • i have an interview at comcast and i need help
  • cheap rims for a ford focus
  • how can i get a job in joliet il with a theft on my background
  • i need to trace a cellular location
  • i need to know if my spouse is cheating and i need to do a cellular trace for free
  • jobs with no background checks
  • how can i get a job with a conviction
  • motels in joliet il
  • motels in gurnee il area for under 40 dollars
  • how much will you pay me to donate my eggs
  • my boyfriend threatened me with a knife and went to jail now im worried he'll hurt me when he gets out
  • my baby's father physically abuses me
  • how to find out if my husband is in (jail)
  • my husband needs free help with his anger problem in joliet il
  • cash loans that you can pay back in more than 14 days
  • what steps do i need for an assosiates in paralegal studies
  • back pay child support
  • uhaul trucking in joliet il
AOL user 262465: Around April 15 -- tax day -- this user seemed to be interesting in saving on income tax, through any means necessary.

  • gerards restaurant in dc
  • tax avoidance and tax evasion
  • tax avoidance and tax evasion and donald korb
  • paul o'neil and tax avoidance
  • tax analysts
  • can a certified financial planner's advice can be deductible
  • how to calculate gpa
  • cherry blossoms
AOL user 3544012: The happy news is this searcher's results suggest a marriage may be on the horizon. The sad news is some of the other search terms beggar the question of whether the spouse-to-be knows about their partner's darker interests.

  • homes for sale in pa
  • repo cars reading pa
  • where to get cna license pa
  • homes for sale in morgantown pa
  • legends night club reading pa
  • beasteality
  • inceststories.free-beastiality.name
  • hourse f---ing free
  • progressive motorcycle insurance
  • circumsize pictures
  • all inclusive trip to las vegas
  • mustang svo 2.3 fuel pressure
  • table numbers for weddings
  • mustang cobra chrome roll bar
  • beastiality
  • coldwell bankers realty
  • harley performance cafe
  • mustang sally gentlemans club
AOL user 336865: It is no secret that the internet is often used for pornography-related searches, but this user seemed to be obsessed, and not with just any pornography either.

  • sexy pregnant ladies naked
  • nudist
  • sexy feet
  • child rape stories
  • tamagotchi town.com
  • preteen sex stories
  • illegal child porn
  • incest stories
  • 10 year old nude pics
  • preteen nude models
  • illegel anime porn
  • yu-gi-oh
AOL user 591476: These results suggest a female user, maybe a former, current or future student of Temple University in Philadelphia, who has more than a few self-confidence concerns.

  • replica loius vuitton bag
  • how to stop bingeing
  • how to secretly poison your ex
  • how to color hair with clairol professional
  • girdontdatehim.com
  • websites that ask for payment by checks
  • south beach diet
  • nausea in the first two weeks of pregnancy
  • breast reduction
  • how to starve yourself
  • rikers island inmate info number
  • nmatelookup.gov
  • www.tuportal.temple.edu
  • how to care for natural black hair
  • scarless breast reduction
  • pregnancy on birth control
  • temple.edu
  • diet pills
AOL user 1755245: While this user's search terms are somewhat disturbing, it is encouraging that they suggest research for a true crime novel.

  • federal bureau of investigation
  • murder in selmer tenn.
  • how many people buy true crime books
  • how well do true crime books sell
  • forming a limited liability corporation in alabama
  • licensing of private investigators in alabama
  • first degree murder kentucky criminal code state of kentucky
  • alabama association of private investigators
  • arkansas private investigator requirements
  • office of secretary of defense united states
  • st. margaret's hospital washington d.c.
  • john hinkley
AOL user 17556639: Hopefully, this user also wanted the information for a true crime novel.

  • how to kill your wife
  • pictures of dead people
  • photo of dead people
  • car crash photo
AOL user 59920: These results are scary whether the Colorado resident's research was for a novel or not.

  • cats skinned in fort lupton co
  • cats killed in fort lupton co
  • jonbenets autopsy photos
  • crime scene photos of the crawl space and duffle bag in ramseys house
  • sexy bathing suits
  • what a neck looks like after its been strangled
  • pictures what a neck looks like after it was strangled
  • pictures of murder victims that have been strangled
  • pictures of murder by strangulation
  • knitting stitches
  • what jonbenet would look like today
  • new jersey park police
  • jonbenet in her casket
  • ransom note in the movie obsession what did it read
  • movie ransom notes
  • scouting knots
  • manila rope and its uses
  • brown paper bags cops use for evidence
  • rope to use to hog tie someone
  • body transport boulder colorado

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