Google adds malware site flags to Transparency Report

Have you see those "warning" pages Google throws up when you're about to hit a malware-infested site? The search giant is now adding those flagged figures to its ongoing disclosure report.

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Google on Tuesday said in a blog post that it has begun adding the number of suspected malware and phishing sites it flags to its Transparency Report. 

The move is an extension of its Safe Browsing program, which began in 2006 — a service that finds and flags suspicious websites, including phishing sites, sites that contain malware — or other sites that may harm a person's computer or steal their data. 

The search giant said this move "aligns well" with its existing list of disclosures, such as government requests for user data and content removal, and disruptions to its services. 

The new section of the report includes how many Safe Browsing warnings are generated each weeks, where malicious sites are hosted, how quickly sites become reinfected once they are cleaned. 

Specifically for webmasters, Safe Browsing alerts allow site owners to be notified if their site has been flagged by Google, and are sent details on how they can recover from an infection.

Google said it is currently flagging up to 10,000 sites a day, with around 1 billion users kept safe as a result.