Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st Jan 2009 21:02 UTC
Google Earlier this morning, you may have been surprised to see that every Google search you performed resulted in links to sites which were, according to Google, potentially harmful to your computer. As it turns out, Google's malware detection system got a little trigger-happy - due to a human error.
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by Yuske on Sat 31st Jan 2009 21:35 UTC
Yuske
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2005-07-28

And I was wondering why Disney.com would want to install malware in my computer.

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by flanque on Sat 31st Jan 2009 23:03 UTC in reply to "..."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

You'd think with all that computing power, ub3r 3li3t3 engineers and QA testing that Google wouldn't get it this bad.

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Heh
by ShadesFox on Sat 31st Jan 2009 21:53 UTC
ShadesFox
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2006-10-01

"Google Labels Entire Internet As Dangerous"

Here I thought Google was just catching up on what the rest of us knew already.

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RE: Heh
by Lennie on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 01:45 UTC in reply to "Heh"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The fun thing is, they also labeled their own site as dangerous.

http://petrie.dereferenced.org/~nenolod/googlefailsit.png

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RE: Heh
by Darkelve on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 07:12 UTC in reply to "Heh"
Darkelve Member since:
2006-02-06

My thoughts exactly. But it was weird though, like being in a bad trip.

Not that I've ever been in one I don't use those substances but if I had one, it'd probably look like that ;)

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academics can hurt your computer
by wyth on Sat 31st Jan 2009 22:40 UTC
wyth
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2005-12-28

Yep, I was researching for a paper, trying to get to some academic journals, and every one of them was dangerous. I know the LHC is supposed to create a black hole that will destroy us all, but a physics journal on the web won't hurt.

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czubin Member since:
2005-12-31

It could hurt your mental stability. "This paper just blew my mind!" ;)

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Mother-may-I...?
by bornagainenguin on Sat 31st Jan 2009 22:46 UTC
bornagainenguin
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2005-08-07

This is why I disabled that functionality a long time ago in my Firefox. I'm tired of applications taking up time and resources just to force me to play 'Mother-may-I...?' with my own computer. Just disable this "feature" in Firefox along with the so called phishing checker and see how much faster your browser opens and pages load...

This is a joke--security is a process every user needs to learn, not an external entity they can depend on to do the work for them. Every time people try to abstract security the process into security the application feature we only end up with wasted cycles and slower machines as layer after layer of software is ineffectually applied over a broken system when something else shows up.

Look at our recent history!

Virus --> Antivirus --> Spyware --> Antispyware --> etc...

Get off the treadmill people! I did and run Linux on most of my machines now, with each new machine planned for Linux compatibility. If its advertised as compatible and doesn't work I return it and demand my money back. Thankfully this hasn't happened all that often lately...

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: Mother-may-I...?
by darknexus on Sat 31st Jan 2009 23:36 UTC in reply to "Mother-may-I...?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

At the risk of going off topic here, I agree with the first part of your message. Security is 99% common sense. That being said, the act of using Linux doesn't make you secure. For the moment it seems that way, as there hasn't been any serious threat in the wild. Do you think it would stay that way if everyone suddenly dropped Windows and switched to a Linux-based os? If it was suddenly a big enough target, or to put it more precisely, _the_ target to attack?

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RE[2]: Mother-may-I...?
by Kyin on Sun 1st Feb 2009 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Mother-may-I...?"
Kyin Member since:
2009-01-19

"At the risk of going off topic here, I agree with the first part of your message. Security is 99% common sense. That being said, the act of using Linux doesn't make you secure. For the moment it seems that way, as there hasn't been any serious threat in the wild. Do you think it would stay that way if everyone suddenly dropped Windows and switched to a Linux-based os? If it was suddenly a big enough target, or to put it more precisely, _the_ target to attack?"

For the most part I agree with you. However, it isn't because Linux isn't targeted. Look at the server side, plenty of Linux targets there. It's the home users that are responsible. I do believe malware would rise if everyone switched to Linux, but not because it would become a target. Merely because you would have more people downloading stuff and running it without regard to where it came from.

No, people aren't stupid, they just aren't educated. MS is trying, with UAC, but I think it'll take a lot more than that. Your average Linux user is just better educated. I think if people started moving to Linux in droves we wouldn't see the same scale of this problem. The RTFM attitude is diminishing every day, and people would have more than adequate help and education. I could be wrong, but those are my thoughts. As to the actual topic.

I thought maybe someone hacked the entire internet and inserted malware into every site on the internet! Then I came down off my high and realized someone probably just screwed up.

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RE[3]: Mother-may-I...?
by PlatformAgnostic on Sun 1st Feb 2009 17:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Mother-may-I...?"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

Linux servers get attacked too. A lot of the attacks are brute-force (password dictionary) or application-level (taking over someone's php message board), but they do happen in practice.

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RE[3]: Mother-may-I...?
by Darkelve on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 07:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Mother-may-I...?"
Darkelve Member since:
2006-02-06

I think the design would make it quite a bit safer than windows, but you are right, to make an OS truly secure, users/computer operators need to be educated and informed.

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video.google.com included
by Ringheims Auto on Sat 31st Jan 2009 23:25 UTC
Ringheims Auto
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2005-07-23

Yeah, today it also reported video.google.com, one of their own services as malicious. Wonder why it didn't work recursivly, blocking google search itself also..?

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Googled
by binarymutant on Sun 1st Feb 2009 00:00 UTC
binarymutant
Member since:
2008-11-11

Someone typed 'google' into Google today ;)

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