Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

Summary: Google is adding a warning in search results when the site appears to be compromised but may not be actually downloading malware to visitors' computers.

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Google has been warning Web surfers about sites that appear to be hosting malware in search results for years. Now, the company is adding a warning in search results when the site appears to be compromised but may not be actually downloading malware to visitors' computers.

Starting today, Google search users should start seeing a new hyperlink warning that says "This site may be compromised," adjacent to some results if Google's system has detected something on the site that would indicate that it has been hacked or otherwise compromised. Clicking on the warning link leads to a Help Center article with more information.

"If a site has been hacked, it typically means that a third party has taken control of the site without the owner's permission," the article says. "Hackers may change the content of a page, add new links on a page, or add new pages to the site. The intent can include phishing (tricking users into sharing personal and credit card information) or spamming (violating search engine quality guidelines to rank pages more highly than they should rank)." Web surfers can also just click on the result to go directly to the site.

For more on this story, read Google search results warn of compromised sites on CNET News.

Topics: Malware, Browser, Google, Security

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  • RE: Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

    I have seen that warning.
    In my case it was on sites that link to other sites.
    It was ok and normal but Groogle apparently did not know this.
    No biggie, click continue and continue.
    MoeFugger
    • RE: Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

      @MoeFugger

      They shouldn't be doing this in the first place. I can understand having a warning on sites that have been confirmed to host malware somehow (even if it's just through ads on the site) but..... this seems like it is going way too far.
      Lerianis10
  • RE: Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

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  • RE: Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

    Good things for the user.
    hellowiki
  • RE: Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

    Helpful to those who mindlessly click through stuff. A little extra help isn't a bad thing.
    MikeZane
  • RE: Google adds warnings in search for shady sites

    If they flag too many sites it'll be like crying WOLF. Everyone will ignore the warnings, especially those who need it the most. Net Value = ZERO.
    Jenska