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Google has started warning people when search results could potentially lead them to malicious code. The search giant is using data from the Stop Badware Coalition to flag sites that are potentially host to malicious software. (...) People who attempt to go to a Web site that has been identified as risky by the coalition are taken to a warning page.
Think about it, if google served up a bunch of results that ended up crashing peoples computers, then customers would get upset at google and might start using another search service.
My thought, google should ban sites like these completely....
how long before google or stopbadware wrongly stop traffic to a legit site either by mistake, malicious reporting etc etc?
Looks at watch.. about 5 minutes I guess. I can see those people who control zombie botnets getting ready to supply hundreds of plausible looking reports about their competitors right now.
SiteAdvisor does it better, because you can still visit the site if you want. This thing seems to be blocking the site completely.
Although I must confess, I haven't seen this blocking behaviour yet. I guess it's only on some datacenters (unless it's actually vaporware).
I hope they do more than just flag specific download sites. They really need to hit those sites that push dangerous spyware ads on people. Think free web hosts, especially the overseas ones.
They need to ban those sites from their index
The Internet is being destroyed by spam, malware, and phishing, and it's way past time for some decent solutions.
I think google should also look at sites with pop up advertisements as well. Nothing is more annoying to a searcher who clicks on a result and has 20 popup advertisements crash their computer or slow down their 56k dial up modem.
I am sure they are stuffed with spam reports and re-inclusion requests, it is hard to imagine adding such a workload, even if done through mcafee or whoever else.
If you look at it from a technical perspective, this adds up a lot of processing overload than what might be available to them. Google servers I think are LDAP directories connected together, so any such operation (from my experience with OpenLDAP) would be very costly indeed, even for google.
When google starts adopting prophylactic measures to protect people from fuzzy threats, they are joining the army of marching morons who can't mind their own business & claim to 'protect the innocents'. This group calls themselves a 'neighborhood watch group for the internet'. That's always spelled 'nutcase', 'meddler', & 'vigilante' in my book.
With the state the Internet is in it's hard to understand why anyone would condemn any such initiative. This is tantamount to saying that antivirus and malware protection are an intrusion on the perpetrators civil liberties.
I would assume that you don't use anti spyware, malware or antivirus software? Isn't that censorious in exactly the same way? Are the companies who produce these to be trusted any more than Stopbadware?
an official google popup warning that 'visiting this site may harm your computer' is probably inaccurate
How on earth did you come to that conclusion?
BBC news reports that as well as “free screensaver” and “free ringtones”, “download yahoo messenger” is among dangerous keywords. A bit harsh no?
Yeah that one scared me initially - I thought they were suggesting Google would be filtering by keywords.
Then I remembered seeing that keyword boxout previously, it had been used in a story for what keywords are most likely to land you on dangerous sites and they just dropped it in again here.