Google: This site may be harmful… o and this one… and this.

Posted by danblog on February 1, 2009 in General stuff |

Admittedly i am a little late posting this, all the hard core bloggers got this out on the day.

So yesturday someone at google made a “human error”…

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.

Okay i will explain a little, most people at some point or another when searching google came across a site which said this site is harmful and on click you are shown a google page telling you the following site may contain malware, well google works with StopBadware.org to keep this list of “badware” sites, but someone messed up when they were changing the location of said list and ended up with every site being marked as bad.

I wont go into masses of detail because I’m sure there are already a lot of blogs which have done the same, including the Google Blog i will stick some pingbacks and links to some good posts about it below…

Now i have a sort of mixed view on this, on one hand i think, hehe this is great it shows humans still work at google and it isn’t perfect, on the other i think… this is google for god sakes! how could this happen?! Although i am sure while it hasn’t been done publicly I’m sure the “human error” would have had a good telling off…

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