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...we're expanding the search results notifications to help people avoid sites that may have been compromised and altered by a third party, typically for spam. When a user visits a site, we want her to be confident the information on that site comes from the original publisher.
So we needed to find a way to surface this potential risk so that site owners would find out more quickly if they've been hacked.
The fact is, not everyone logs into Webmaster Tools obsessively to see if they have any messages. So we needed to find a way to surface this potential risk so that site owners would find out more quickly if they've been hacked.
"This site may be compromised"
It doesn't mean they're a bad person.
In fact, your proposal was the previous approach that we were using. At the same time, we would leave a message in the webmaster console and often try to email the site using email addresses that we could find on the site. What we found was that we weren't reaching the site owner as often as we wanted to. Many sites remained hacked for days, weeks, even months despite our best efforts to alert the sites through other methods.