Google Labels All Sites As Malware
The entire Internet had been deemed as malware by Google's search engine this week-end. The incident lasted for around 40 minutes and was caused by a human error.
February 2, 2009
Google flags search results with the afore-mentioned message only if the link in question was previously tagged as malware by non-profit StopBadware.org.
Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience, explains on the official Google blog:
“We periodically update that list and released one such update to 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.”
Mayer also promised that new “more robust file checks” are to be put in place so further mishaps would be prevented.