Just happened to be browsing around the net and noticed a weird happening on Google’s standard search results. A couple of sites were coming up with “This site may be harmful” and on clicking the search result link, I was taken to a standard page warning that you shouldn’t continue to the page as it may harm your computer.
This is part of Google’s safe browsing system, but I knew something was up when every single search result came up with the same warning, including a search for Google itself!
Following a search result brings you to a page stating:
Warning – visiting this web site may harm your computer!
- Return to the previous page and pick another result.
- Try another search to find what you’re looking for.
Or you can continue to http://www.google.com/ at your own risk. For detailed information about the problems we found, visit Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic page for this site.
Something tells me there’s been a glitch in the machine. I’m sure it will be fixed in no time, and may even be a localised issue.
Let us know if you’ve seen something similar.
Update: 15:00 UTC
I’ve double checked this in other browsers and can report that it’s the same across the board. I’m also hearing some noise coming in on Jaiku and Twitter about it.
- Ciaran was looking for other reports on Twitter
- My own Jaiku is getting some feedback too
- Michele Neylon from Blacknight has blogged about it (with an amusing search result image)
- It didn’t take long for TechCrunch to get a post up about this either
- Ciaran has a post regarding the #googmayharm tag on Twitter.
Update: 15:17 UTC
As of 15:17 the error is fixed in Ireland and it looks like it’s rolling out all over the place now. Talk about “Breaking News” though – I’ve never seen such a flurry of communication and content creation over anything.
Final Update: 18:45 UTC
Google have blogged about this issue just under 2 hours ago reporting that:
If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result. This was clearly an error, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users.
They go on to explain that it was essentially human error and someone accidentally included a “/” in the list of sites to be considered harmful – this resulted in all sites being marked so!