[LINK] Google site warning on News.com.au

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 09:14:41 AEDT 2008

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 6:42 PM, Rick Welykochy <rick at praxis.com.au> wrote:

> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> > ...and there on the first page of results was a News.com.au link:
> > <
> http://www.google.com.au/interstitial?url=http://ink.news.com.au/mercury/mathguys/articles/1999/990224a3.htm
> >
> >
> > ...with Google's "this site may harm your computer" warning... using the
> > target URL brings up just the News.com.au link with the warning.
> Here is why: other sites accessed by News.Com are nasties:
> http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://ink.news.com.au/mercury/mathguys/articles/1999/990224a3.htm&hl=en
> *OR*
> http://tinyurl.com/6jpbd9
>   "[The] Malicious software includes 33 scripting exploit(s),
>    4 exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average
>    of 3 new processes on the target machine."
> This is simply not acceptable behaviour for a major news portal. Isn't it.

There seems to be a problem with Google's reporting feature where anybody
can flag a given URL as malware-providing

See here

It branded PalmOS.com and a JavaFX blog as "harmful" before. The affected
sites were clueless of how to get rid of that flag.

I guess it can badly harm any legit site if enough people submit reports
against it...

Just my $0.02

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