Google flags entire Web as 'malware'

Summary:UPDATE: Google explains, blaming "human error."A major hiccup at Google this morning caused the entire Internet to be flagged as malware.

UPDATE: Google explains, blaming "human error."

A major hiccup at Google this morning caused the entire Internet to be flagged as malware.

The problem appears to be centered around the Google Safe Browsing API -- even that returned a "This site may harm your computer" warning (see screenshot below) -- the security diagnostics service that powers Firefox's malware blocking service.

There has been no official word from Google yet but the blogosphere and Twittersphere is abuzz with screenshots and complaints from unhappy Web surfers. (See Techmeme discussion).

For a short period during the hiccup, Firefox was blocking access to Web sites with the standard "This is an attack site!" warning.

With all the damaged reputations from this episode, how soon before we see a high-level warning about the dangers of the Google monoculture?

Topics: Google, Browser, Malware, Security

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Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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