Google Error Claimed All Websites Contained Malware

For an hour on Saturday morning Google’s search results page flagged every web page listed as containing malware and blocked access to those web pages through links on the results page. When Google detects that a website contains malware, it warn users when a page from that website is listed in search results by placing the message “This site may harm your computer” under the listing for a page and by placing an interstitial page when the link for that page is clicked. According to a post by Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Products & User Experience, on the Official Google Blog, all websites displayed the warning due to a change in the manual list of websites containing malware. Mayer explained that “the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs.” Google list of websites that contain malware also includes websites that are listed through automated processes.

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