Google Search Engine Sends False Security Warnings

 
 
By Reuters -  |  Posted 2009-02-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A human error caused Google users to received bogus security warning messages for many of the searches the performed for nearly an hour the morning of Jan. 31. During that period users received erroneous warnings that their search results were directing them to web sites that "may harm your computer."

Google said that for nearly an hour on Saturday, users got an erroneous message when they did searches on many sites, saying, "This site may harm your computer."

The problem began at 9:30 a.m. ET and ended at 10:25 a.m. ET

"What happened? Very simply, human error," the company said on its blog. Google said it flags search results with the message when a site is known to install malicious software. Instead, many other sites were affected.

A detailed explanation is available at the company's site, googleblog.blogspot.com.

(Reporting by David Lawsky; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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