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Re: Google Labels Entire Internet As Dangerous

Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> ____/ Terry Porter on Saturday 31 January 2009 23:16 : \____
>> Crossposts snipped.
>> A wintroll using the name sampurnashresthaoperator@xxxxxxxxx FUDded RoyS and
>> 1/2 of Usenet today with the following trash:-
>>> www.boycottnovell.com is a site that appears to be infested with
>>> trojans. The site loads extremely slowly and at times renders Safari
>>> useless. Since I visted that site my Windows computer has been running
>>> very slow and experiencing a lot of outbound requests which my Sygate
>>> firewall seems to be blocking.
>>> Avoid the site www.boycottnovell.com is my advice.
>> The true facts are of course, another matter entirely. Just ask yourself, if
>> the wintrolls are willing to pervert the truth so badly about a pro Linux
>> posters website, what length are they willing to go to to *lie* about
>> GNU/Linux ?
>> Can anybody believe *anything* the wintrolls post ?
>> begin{quote}
>> 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.
>> Google's malware detector works via a partnership with the non-profit
>> organisation StopBadware.org, who aid Google by supplying them with a list
>> of sites known to install malware. Google updates these lists regularly,
>> but sadly, the URL "/" got accidentally added to the list- effectively
>> blacklisting every asite on the internet (except YouTube, actually).
>> Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly
>> checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs. Fortunately,
>> our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted
>> the file. Since we push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion,
>> the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began
>> disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., [all time sin PST] so the duration
>> of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes."
>> The error was quickly fixed by Google, and the company has promised to
>> review their policies regarding the malware detector blacklists, and
>> assures us it won't happen again.
>> end{quote}
>> http://osnews.com/story/20887/Google_Labels_Entire_Internet_As_Dangerous
>> Join the winning team, and get your Free GNU/Linux/Ubuntu LIVE CD at :-
>> http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
> The site is back now. Looking at the statistics, no wonder it could not cope.
I went yesterday several times on BN (had to link to a couple of
articles) and didn't even noticed the downtime. So I was rather
surprised by this:


Noticed Gary's BS this morning, but ignored it (as usual).

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