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Privacy-Centric Search Engine Scroogle Shuts Down 128

An anonymous reader writes "Daniel Brandt started his 'Scroogle' search engine because he wanted to provide increased privacy to people who searched online through Google. Unfortunately, while Google tolerated this for a while, they began throttling Scroogle queries. This, in combination with extensive DDoS attacks on Brandt's servers, has caused him to take Scroogle offline, along with his other domains. He said, 'I no longer have any domains online. I also took all my domains out of DNS because I want to signal to the criminal element that I have no more servers to trash. This hopefully will ward off further attacks on my previous providers. is gone forever. Even if all my DDoS problems had never started in December, Scroogle was already getting squeezed from Google's throttling, and was already dying. It might have lasted another six months if I hadn't lost seven servers from DDoS, but that's about all.' Internet users who made use of the services will now need to investigate other options."
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Privacy-Centric Search Engine Scroogle Shuts Down

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  • DuckDuckGo (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @01:20AM (#39121133)

    They've a clear policy of not sharing or collecting info

  • Re:DuckDuckGo (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PatPending ( 953482 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @01:29AM (#39121213) [] bills itself as "the world's most private search engine"
  • by jdogalt ( 961241 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @03:38AM (#39121907) Journal

    ""I don't regard [Brandt] as a valid source about anything at all..." - Jimbo Wales"

    That sounds like a cut and dry +5 perspective. But being the same sort of person as Daniel Brandt (or at least, I presume the same slashdot commenters calling him a looney would call me one as well), I decided to use non-google search engines, and results not already posted here, to try and make a real evaluation of D.B. I found a long thread he participated in, that was remarkably coherent, and intelligent, about his experiments reverse engineering how google works. Say what you will, but technically, on subjects he is passionate about, he comes off very well. In fact, he's so clever, all he had to do was throw in a bizarre offhand comment such as 'tighter than a bikini on a Bomis babe', and it inspired me to google that, and get this wired article, which IMO should negate the +5 of the parent comment. Jimmy Wales does not come off looking like such a valid source , after reading this- []

    "Public edit logs reveal that Wales has changed his own Wikipedia bio 18 times, deleting phrases describing former Wikipedia employee Larry Sanger as a co-founder of the site.

    Wales has also repeatedly revised the description of a search site he founded called Bomis, which included a section with adult photos called "Bomis Babes.""

  • setup your own (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @03:47AM (#39121979)

    Use the Seeks open source project ( to setup a public or your own scroogle... It's also P2P enabled so servers can share results. Scroogle was nice, but you can do it yourself easily now.

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