Author: M.Prince (9 May 05 1:24am)
In at least one case, it appears that Google did not respect the noarchive/noindex metatag. Here's a search that will pull up the honey pot that handed out the address that resulted in the listing:
While the page appears in Google's index (which it should not), the "Cached" link no longer appears to be valid. That's good. However, the fact that it still appears in the index at all is bad.
We're investigating why this happened, but the initial evidence appears to point to a potential (albeit rare) bug in the Google system for respecting certain robots meta tags. This is the only instance we've seen. Over time the IP address should drop off the top harvesters list. However, for now, because they appear to sometimes not respect the noarchive tag, Google may essentially be acting as a tool for spam harvesters who can mine the company's cached pages even on sites that take the proper measures to prevent that from happening.