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Mountain View, CA - Google's Glitch Causes Panic

Published on: February 1, 2009 01:52 PM
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 Mountain View, CA - Web surfers using Google searches during a nearly one-hour period yesterday were greeted with disturbing but erroneous messages that every site turned up in the results might be harmful.

The company blamed the mistake on human error and apologized for any inconvenience caused to users and site owners whose pages were incorrectly labeled.

The glitch occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., Google said in an explanation on its company blog.

Anyone who did a Google search during that time likely saw the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanying every search result.

Google said it routinely flags any search results with that message if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously.

Google receives regular updates to a list of malicious Web sites from StopBadware.org, which investigates bad sites.

Yesterday’s glitch happened when someone in Google erroneously applied one of its periodic list updates in such a way that the warning applied to all Web site addresses, the company said.


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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:22 PM Anonymous Says:

well then its a good thing it was shabbos!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 02:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Yes! Mistakes happens every where, even by big bears.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:43 PM Shabby Goy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

well then its a good thing it was shabbos!

Why, you don't have a Shabbos clock on your computer?

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 02:15 PM awsome Says:

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Anonymous Says:

well then its a good thing it was shabbos!

what does shobbos have to do with anything,

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 02:09 PM Abe Says:

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Anonymous Says:

well then its a good thing it was shabbos!

Yeah, otherwise......

Otherwise what?

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 02:48 PM Anonymous Says:

are ppl gonna start suing google for this glitch?

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:15 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

well then its a good thing it was shabbos!

well you dont live there anyways so it wouldnt apply to you!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:14 PM Anonymous Says:

if it wasnt shabbos then all the jews would have a hard time using google!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 03:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Wasn't using google yesterday. Yom menucha!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 09:07 PM enjoying day Says:

Thanks it was shabbos

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 Feb 02, 2009 at 01:22 AM Anonymous Says:

The glitch is still happening and it just as well happened right now. It also happened last week. What do we have to do for it?

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