Sunday, February 01, 2009

Google ‘This Site May Harm Your Computer’

Would we have ever expected to try to log onto Google and enter a search to be told that it was dangerous? Some would say that they were only stating the obvious others that it was obviously 1st April, but reality was that Google crashed for 40 minutes around the world this weekend.

The problem was down to a malware detector, which is designed to keep users from sites that could install malicious software, but apparently thought Google was too.

The cause of the detector returning the, ‘This site may harm your computer’ message was apparently down to human error with an engineer who was manually entering suspicious web addresses accidently including all web addresses. So there are humans at Google after all and they do make mistakes.

Ironically, paid searches appear not to have been effected.

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