Saturday, January 31, 2009


Google: This site may harm your computer

Google generally does a pretty good job warning users about suspicious Web sites assumed to contain malware, but their algorithm seems to have gone overboard now. This morning every search result shows a warning that the site may harm my computer:

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From a security perspective, flagging all sites as suspicious when the malware status is unavailable for some reason would actually not be a bad strategy.

The incorrect flagging was not caused by a fail-safe strategy, but was the result of a human error, according to Google's Marissa Mayer.
What happened inside Google?

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