Library Website Hacking Arouses Confusion for Site Visitors

Visitors who searched for the term “Cornell University Library” on Google may have been surprised yesterday to find advertisements for anxiety pills rather than the familiar reference and collection lists.
The top search result read, “Order Xanax for next-day express delivery and free consultation by a U.S. licensed medical doctor.”
Further inspection revealed that the Human Ecology Historical Photographs site, hosted on the Cornell University Library’s server, displayed a listing for an online drugstore selling Cialis, an erectile dysfunction medicine. Visitors were directed to a site that allowed them to purchase the medicine as well as read testimonials about the product’s “benefits.”