Google Adds Malware, Phishing Data to Transparency Report
Google flags up to 10,000 suspicious sites a day and the company says it is passing more of this information to Web users to keep them informed about malicious sites.Google has added statistics about malware and phishing attacks to the company's Transparency Report as a means of educating users about threats on the Web. "Two of the biggest threats online are malicious software (known as malware) that can take control of your computer, and phishing scams that try to trick you into sharing passwords or other private information," blogged Lucas Ballard, software engineer at Google. We're currently flagging up to 10,000 sites a day—and because we share this technology with other browsers there are about 1 billion users we can help keep safe," he continued. "But we're always looking for new ways to protect users' security. So today we're launching a new section on our Transparency Report that will shed more light on the sources of malware and phishing attacks." The numbers can be used to inform people how many users are receiving Safe Browsing warnings each week, as well as where malicious sites are hosted around the world and how quickly Websites are being re-infected after their owners clean malware from their sites, Ballard wrote. The Safe Browsing program was started in 2006 as a means of identifying and flagging malicious Websites.
According to the report, Google’s Safe Browsing technology examines billions of URLs per day to see if they are unsafe, resulting in the company discovering thousands of new unsafe sites every day. Many of these are legitimate sites that have been compromised, Google noted.