REDDING, Conn. — A search-engine marketing site has revealed it found thousands of hotel listings on Google + Local were hacked, leading bookers to different third-party sites.
According to searchengineland.com, a Redding, Conn.-based site, hotels listed within Google+ Local were being directed to roomstobook.info, roomstobook.net or hotelswhiz.com, instead of the official hotel booking site.
Jade Wang, a community manager at Google, says the team is aware of the issue and working on rectifying the situation. “We’ve identified a spam issue in Places for Business that is impacting a limited number of business listings in the hotel vertical. The issue is limited to changing the URLs for the business. The team is working to fix the problem as soon as possible and prevent it from happening again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” reads a post published on seroundtable.com.