Google search suffers outage

Google search suffers outage

Summary: For a period of time today, searches on Google incorrectly reported every Internet site as being unavailable due to the presence of malware.

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For a period of time today, searches on Google incorrectly reported every Internet site as being unavailable due to the presence of malware.

Here's a screen capture of a Google search for ZDNet:

And here's what happens when you try to click the ZDNet link:

I'll update this page when we have more information.

Update 1/31/09, 10:10am EST: Google news and blog searches seem okay. The problem is only with Internet site searches.

Update 1/31/09, 10:30am EST: Everything seems back to normal. That was a serious outage but they repaired it quickly.

[Thanks to Ed Shaz on Twitter for this tip!]

Topics: Google, Cloud

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  • I noticed too...

    I noticed this around 7ish AM today...how do we report this to you guys when we find such things out?????
    Nsaf
    • Reporting failures

      To report a failure, send email to mkrigsman@asuret.com or twitter me at http://twitter.com/mkrigsman. I'm also on Facebook at user mkrigsman. Thanks!
      mkrigsman@...
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    I really looking forward for further info about this.
    I notice this happening in Indonesia at 22.14 (Indonesia time zone)
    sacna3@...
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    thanks for posting - thought I was losing it there for a moment. Was in the middle of subsequent searches, worked fine and then it didn't, just before 10:00 a.m. here in Maine. Even history search results are affected, which I thought were cached snapshots but guess not.
    kiminee
  • Well, at least I know it's not me...

    I just wrote to Larry about this about 10 minutes ago.
    MGP2
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    Fixed.
    thefredelement
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    Notices it since 8:13 pm India Time.
    Every site is Malware

    Thought my Network had been infected with something first/
    dgr814vr
  • SEARCHING OK NOW

    IT'S WORKING AGAIN
    kiminee
  • Fixed

    Fixed.
    Nsaf
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    That was a pretty weird outage. It makes me wonder exactly <i>how</i> Google designates a site as malware. It looks like they've got some work to do on that filter.
    bhartman36
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    I think there are people out there who would like us to use other
    search engines that are easier to censor. If they are behind this,
    then I'd call it a declaration of war.
    Jick
    • An extreme position?

      Just a wee bit over the top perhaps...
      mkrigsman@...
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    This is a black eye for Google. Why anyone uses their search in the first place is beyond me since it gives you what Google wants you to see instead of relevant results to your search query. They deserve all the ridicule they get for this slip up. Next time their employees shouldn't sit around playing with office toys all day.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Did google start running Windows Server???

    Welcome to Windows we come pre-infected with malware!

    LOL

    hahah
    Christian_<><
    • The funniest part of your post is...

      ...the fact that we both know they didn't (start running Windows Server). And yet there was still a screw up. (That makes two of you.)
      MGP2
    • Google uses Linux

      so of course it broke.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      LOL!
      GuidingLight
  • RE: BREAKING: Google search broken!

    Still broken.
    Here's my error message:
    The requested URL could not be retrieved

    While trying to retrieve the URL: http://www.google.com/search?

    The following error was encountered:

    Unable to determine IP address from host name for www.google.com
    The dnsserver returned:

    Timeout
    This means that:

    The cache was not able to resolve the hostname presented in the URL.
    Check if the address is correct.
    Your cache administrator is root. phishing-warning-site.com
    Generated Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:37:32 GMT by phishing-warning-site.com ....
    muddleaged