EVERYTHING Is Harmful To Your Computer - Google Cites Human Error

Between 6:30 and 7:25 am PST, every single search result on Google was met with their dire warning that "This site may harm your computer!".

So what happened?

Most programmers will nod and smile when they hear that the value "/" was listed as being a site containing malware. For the uninitiated, a / is basically added to the end of every site's URL and it expands to all URLs. So all those Google links got tagged as bad when they were, in fact, just websites.

The Google Blog has the full deal. But really, from the perspective of someone who's done web design and programming, it's nice to see the big guys screw up every now and again.

Additional reporting by Cali Lewis of GeekBrief TV:

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cites?

Just checking :)

Good catch!

Good catch!

Fixed!

Some books contain the machinery required to create and sustain universes. Tycho (Jerry Holkins) @ Penny Arcade

Spam Filters

I am part of a blog community where someone added "/" to the spam filter. I guess now they can claim even Google made the same mistake.

Brian C. Gray
http://blog.case.edu/bcg8

Rob

Nice, I wondered it it tagged their own site as a bad community.

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