ZDNet's malware false positive, blacklist of MoneyWatch

ZDNet's malware false positive, blacklist of MoneyWatch

Summary: CBS MoneyWatch, a ZDNet sister site, was blacklisted by Google due to what appeared to be malware from us. It appears to be a false positive.

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On Wednesday, CBS MoneyWatch, a ZDNet sister site, was blacklisted by Google due to what appeared to be malware from us.

I was going to post about this Wednesday afternoon, but frankly the engineering team was busy trying to figure out what was going on I didn't have much to go with. Simply put, it was quite a Bugzilla read.

In the meantime, Sucuri noted something was amiss. After further investigation, we found no malware on ZDNet.com. In the end, it appears to be a false positive. Should anyone in the security research community find something different please ping me.

A Google spokesman said:

"We're constantly improving and working on our anti-malware scanners and classifiers, which help us protect Internet users with an extremely high success rate. In this case, a complex interaction of script libraries resulted in an incorrect classification, which we have since reversed. Our systems are designed to enable us to correct rare instances like this very quickly."

Topics: Security, Malware

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  • If it looks suspicious ....

    Sorry, but even Google has been tricked into serving malware!
    Thank you Google!
    kd5auq
  • RE: ZDNet's malware false positive, blacklist of MoneyWatch

    It seems no one is watching the ad channels...
    RyuDarragh
    • RE: ZDNet's malware false positive, blacklist of MoneyWatch

      @RyuDarragh

      The odds are with you on that one. Some ad farm served up malware crap.

      Ad Blocker Plus to the rescue.
      fatman65535
  • RE: ZDNet's malware false positive, blacklist of MoneyWatch

    Larry, thanks for reporting this. As editor of MoneyWatch, I can tell you it was a long day yesterday.
    Eric Schurenberg