The Internet Is A Dangerous Place

At least, according to Google.

I had encountered a strange problem yesterday. I had typed “streptococcus” into my favourite search engine and was just about to start looking at the answers when I noticed a lot of messages saying “this site might harm your computer”.

I thought it might have just been some local problem, maybe to do with me using NoScript or something similar, or possibly that my computer was aware that I already had a sore throat and didn’t want to expose me to any other viral infections, or possibly just that it had forgotten how to tell the difference between an organic-structure type of virus and a code virus, particularly since I was looking up Streptococcus at the time.

But no, it was much simpler than that.

Apparently, when updated its list of sites to determine which were dangerous, and which were not, human error led to every single site being flagged as potentially dangerous.

Google’s search service has been hit by technical problems, with users unable to access search results.

For a period on Saturday, all search results were flagged as potentially harmful, with users warned that the site “may harm your computer”.

BBC News

Hmm. I believe we should possibly label this as ‘Search Engine FAIL’…

2 Responses to “The Internet Is A Dangerous Place”

  1. Mike responds:

    Looks like you might not have been the only one to notice this!

  2. Sal responds:

    I KNEW it wasn’t me! That malware warning was driving me up the wall all day!

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