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Google admits error having tagged the entire web as Malware

February 3, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More

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Last Saturday around 10:30AM CST, when I was browsing the internet doing some searches, every search result coming from Google was tagged as malware with the phrase “This site may harm your computer”.

Fascinated and alarmed, I tried to change browsers from Firefox into IE but nothing changed. My Sparky toolbar kept on redirecting my search to a security warning page which makes me more concerned as this was not normal.

Based on my reading, while Google was updating their lists of flagged sites(as they normally do with, a non-profit organization helping them in developing the criteria for their list) a “/” was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and “/” expands to all URLs. However, Google’s reliability team was able to detect the human-made error and successfully reverted the file. The problem lasted for about 40 mins.

Google explained that the error resulting from a DDOS attack did not come from as they had claimed full responsibility on the mistake and extended an apology to the public for the inconvenience.