This Site May Harm Your Computer - The Day Google Broke

I do not get to see breaking news very often but once I awhile I am in the right place at the right time. Today was one of those days. I just happened to do a quick search this morning to see where I was ranking for ”blog consulting” and noticed something odd. All of the sites listed were showing “This site may harm your computer” below them. I thought that was odd, so I did a search for LGR Internet Solutions, and again all the results were showing the same thing. Odd, as far as I know there is nothing on my website that will harm another persons computer.

[LGR Internet Solutions search on Google on January 31, 2009 AM. Google falsely reporting it will harm a computer.]
LGR Internet Solutions search on Google on January 31, 2009 AM. Google falsely reporting it will harm a computer.

I then did a search on Google for Google and can you guess was I discovered? That is right, Google says that the Google website will harm your computer. I thought I would not get to see that again so I grabbed another screenshot and posted it to my Flickr account. [caption id="" align=“alignnone” width=“500” caption=“Google May Harm Your Computer”]Google May Harm Your Computer[/caption]

Taking a quick look at Twitter and discovered that this was going on all around the world. TechCrunch broke the story first. Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware.

The problem lasted for about 30 to 40 minutes with the entire Internet being flagged as malware by Google. Google’s blog states that is was human error and a problem with an update from A post on their blog suggests it was not a problem on their end that was the cause. Whatever the cause Google appears to have fixed the problem.

If you are still seeing “This site may harm your computer” for results for your website, you should investigate your website in case it has been compromised. There is of course a huge question about the damage that Google can do to a company and website when errors like this occur. Google has caused problems in the past when their Google News service picked up an old story and published it as new news on Google News about an airline going bankrupt. Why did the Google team not check the update for such an error before pushing it out on to the production servers? I am sure this is not the end we have heard about this.

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