Blogs and discussion forums have been buzzing today about a flaw in Google Sitemaps, a service that lets site owners view statistics on their incoming traffic from Google.com. The vulnerability apparently allowed people with a Sitemaps account to view traffic stats on sites they don't own, including popular sites like eBay, AOL and even Google's own Orkut.com.
Google acknowledged the security flaw, which it learned of this morning. "We acted quickly and fixed the issue. To ensure the security of all sites using the Google Sitemaps tool, we will re-verify all sites added in the last 48 hours," according to a company representative.