Google Flags Entire Internet as Malware

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2009 12:25 PM CST
Google workers staff a booth in San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Anyone searching on Google for a short stretch early this morning got a rude awakening. Every result on the search giant turned up the warning, "This site may harm your computer,” ZDNet reports, and firewalls on personal PCs blocked them accordingly. Google blames the glitch—from 6:30am PST to 7:25—on human error; a stray “/” in its list of malware sites caused every possible URL to be flagged. All is back to normal now.