[LINK] NSW Ombudsman Website Search powered and blocked by Google

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Mon Feb 13 17:48:22 AEDT 2012

On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM, Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita at ramin.com.au
> wrote:

> Would linkers care to shed any light on this response to a search on
> "planning" on the NSW Ombudsman's website.
> > Google
> > Sorry...
> > We're sorry...

This has nothing to do with the site the search is on, and everything to do
with your computer, or one that you're sharing a public IP address with.

This error means that Google has detect "suspicious" traffic from your IP
address.  If you're on an IP address that you're the only person that's
using, then odds are you've got malware installed on your system that is
making requests to Google (eg, sending spam, faking adsense clicks, etc)

If you're on a shared IP address (corporate proxy, coffee shop NAT, etc)
then it generally means that someone behind that IP is infected with
malware, or is deliberately running some form of malicious traffic to

You'll find a lot of people claiming Google incorrectly displaying this
message when there was no malicious traffic, but in my experience (running
proxy servers being used by hundreds of thousands of users behind them)
every time this error came up, there was a very real reason for it...


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