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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 31, 2009

Google goes insane - marks the whole internet as malware

This is totally awesome! -

Look -

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 31, 2009
Okay, now something even more interesting ! -

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 31, 2009

Way to go Google.

This is why I never wanted you to be a monopoly! 😔
raj87verma88 • Jan 31, 2009
Doesn't show anything like that to me.😕
No sir, checked it again. There is nothing like you mention.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 31, 2009
I didn't photoshop those screenshots. I just confirmed on tech crunch - look here: Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware

Looks like Google has fixed the problem. But what the heck? We might have lost some traffic because of their bug!
MaRo • Jan 31, 2009
shalini_goel14 • Jan 31, 2009
Really, these companies do one thing good in life and think only they are the "Best" .

Feeling good that google also has bugs 😀.
silverscorpion • Jan 31, 2009
well, great Homer sometimes nods too.
durga ch
durga ch • Jan 31, 2009
the most awesome'mest' 😁 being G returning malware error for Google itslef!! aha!
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 31, 2009
Google's Official Response Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience
If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result. This was clearly an error, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users.
What happened? Very simply, human error. Google flags search results with the message “This site may harm your computer” if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers. We work with a non-profit called to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.
We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here’s the human error), the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file. Since we push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion, the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes.
Thanks to our team for their quick work in finding this. And again, our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled. We will carefully investigate this incident and put more robust file checks in place to prevent it from happening again.

Thanks for your understanding.

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