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Google Gets Honest - Then Changes Mind

In one of the most honest moves in Google’s history, Google admitted to their own customers that their own site is bad and can be used to harm your computer. Don’t believe me?


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Okay, okay, so it was just one of the worst tested code rollouts in history, they weren’t actually admitting it (at least not on purpose). The site couldn’t handle the load, and there was a bug. But it sure is funny and ironic since really they are the top rated worst offender yet I highly doubt they will be blocking their own IP space again. At least not on purpose.

hypocrisy [hi-pok-ruh-see] (n) - when living up to your own standards simply won’t do. :)

13 Responses to “Google Gets Honest - Then Changes Mind”

  1. Giorgio Maone Says:

    LOL :)

  2. Andrijeski Says:

    Nice post :) I was amused by Google today and a bit scared :/

  3. DoctorDan Says:

    Rough!

  4. Gareth Heyes Says:

    This is what I’ve been saying for a long time, that was google working. Now it’s broken again :)

  5. Log0 Says:

    Hey guys, I don’t think Google is rolling out such inexperience code like that. The StopBadware.org is likely the cause, as it timeouts for each malware query from Google, hence misclassifying everything as malware.

    Here’s an outage : http://eajournal.wordpress.com/2009/01/31/google-search-errors-created-from-stopbadwareorg-outage/

    Anyway, food for thought, this thing actually brought the Internet to a partial halt when users freak out ( yea I got a lot of non-tech commoners calling me ) they got infected, globally. People just don’t know where to start other than Google.

    Now how many such point of failures are there?

    Or we can think about the legal consequences …?

  6. Log0 Says:

    Ahhh. Got it. the new update. =) so it was some human error. And wowa, is Google one of the biggest DDoS out there? =)

  7. ChrisP Says:

    Why does Google feel they have to be the Internet police anyway?

  8. nerx Says:

    Hi there,

    Very nice articles …

    Securing peoples computers is a race against time.

    Tomorrow you have to patch them again.

    Put them all in a sandbox enviroment and then if/when things go wrong, give them a new sandbox.

    Maybe some sort of virtualization network enviroment, where all users are running a virtual system that keeps no changes

    Those that wants to keep changes, stores on a drive in same enviroment which is constantly checked for viruses, malware etc etc.

    Perhaps this is already implemented many places dunno..

    Again thanks for articles

  9. oni-kun Says:

    Rofl, The most random of wikipedia articles had that error..

  10. Rafal Los Says:

    You know… it’s scary how when something like this happens we realize our reliance on Google’s technologies. Aren’t there other search engines too? :)

  11. Log0 Says:

    >>Rafal Los

    Exactly. Well, where do you really start other than from Search Engines?

    Moreover, does that imply people are so accustomed to Google that other search engines doesn’t matter already? ( They don’t even give a try )

    Gmail spam filtering is also affected, apparently : http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/this-mornings-spam-filter-issue.html

  12. ascii Says:

    stopbadware failure lead to scared google (-;

  13. MustLive Says:

    Guys!

    In December I wrote a post to The Web Security Mailing List about interesting case of Google’s honest (about infected sites):

    Infected google.com, yahoo.com and blogspot.com