Has Google Search Been Hacked?

Today at roughly 9 am eastern all Google search results in Firefox and Chrome appeared with this link above them:

This site may harm your computer.

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Of course the story broke on Twitter and I saw the word “harm” trending in Tweetdeck’s Twitscoop window:

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Strangely my Internet Explorer appeared unaffected by the supposed Malware outbreak, but after posting to Twitter I recieved word that in fact it had.  I RARELY use IE and the problem must have been fixed before I tried to use it.

You can follow the story on Twitter with the hashtage #GOOGMAYHARM.  I’ve seen no official word from Google but I’ll be sure to update the post when I recieve more information.

Google appeared fixed at approximately 10:00am Eastern Time.

It was reported early that outsourced malware partner www.stopbadware.org went down causing the errant results in Google search, but since then www.stopbadware.org has publicly declared that it in fact was Google that made them crash after they were inundated with millions of hits rerouted from Google search.

37 Responses to Has Google Search Been Hacked?

  1. Voice Over says:

    That’s what I was wondering. I noticed it this morning.

  2. pickwick says:

    It was broken on IE6 for me.

    (I’m at work – I wouldn’t use IE at home. Ew.)

  3. Brendan Will says:

    Yeah was annoying i missed 20 minutes of the football cause i couldn’t get to any sites through google.

  4. Twitter_Tips says:

    I saw the problem in IE and Opera too.

  5. Wow! Shows even Google can’t stop harmful hijackings. Good thing it was resolved before I started my workday!

  6. Alisha says:

    According to the StopBadware blog, it was something on Google’s end.

    http://blog.stopbadware.org/2009/01/31/google-glitch-causes-confusion

    Hopefully Google will speak up sometime today about it.

  7. Chuck Welch says:

    From the official Google Blog:

    “We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.

    We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here’s the human error), the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs.”

    Evidently it was fixed in about 40 mins.

  8. [...] I reported earlier while the news was breaking, at 9:27am eastern, all Google search results appended This site may [...]

  9. POST UPDATED: Has Google Search Been Hacked? http://bit.ly/78Vb Why was Internet Explorer not affected?

  10. WOW! I thought I had a virus… RT @JesseNewhart Has Google Search Been Hacked? http://bit.ly/78Vb

  11. google.ca was ok RT @POST UPDATED: Has Google Search Been Hacked? http://bit.ly/78Vb Why was Internet Explorer not affected?

  12. @evj Google threatening your laptop? Was it anything to do with this? Has Google search been hacked? http://bit.ly/78Vb

  13. Google ‘PROBLEM’ appears fixed now: http://bit.ly/78Vb #GOOGMAYHARM What are you all seeing?

  14. Google ‘PROBLEM’ appears fixed now: http://bit.ly/78Vb *GOOGMAYHARM What are you all seeing? RT @JesseNewhart

  15. Google ‘PROBLEM’ appears fixed now: http://bit.ly/78Vb #GOOGMAYHARM What are you all seeing? (via @JesseNewhart)

  16. google.ca didn’t appear affectedRT @JesseNewhart Google ‘PROBLEM’ appears fixed now: http://bit.ly/78Vb #GOOGMAYHARM What are U all seeing?

  17. It’s been reported google’s malware partner http://www.stopbadware.org went down causing the warning in Google search: http://bit.ly/78Vb

  18. It’s been reported google’s malware partner http://www.stopbadware.org went down causing the warning in Google search: http://bit.ly/78Vb

  19. @JesseNewhart – thanks for this information – HAS GOOGLE SEARCH BEEN HACKED!!!??? http://bit.ly/78Vb

  20. @typeamom RT google’s malware partner http://www.stopbadware.org went down causing a warning in Google search: http://bit.ly/78Vb

  21. Turns out google warned that whole net was malware cos stopbadware.org went down: http://bit.ly/78Vb

  22. #GOOGMAYHARM post updated stopbadware.org claims innocence in Google Glitch saying google made their site crash: http://bit.ly/78Vb

  23. Google’s official explanation for its #GoogMayHarm outage this a.m. http://is.gd/hV05 also see @jessenewhart http://bit.ly/78Vb

  24. JAB_au says:

    PEBCAK error, not even google is immune.

  25. Has Google Search Been Hacked? | Jesse Newhart (49 pts) – http://tinyurl.com/cwfbcz

  26. Has Google Search Been Hacked? | Jesse Newhart http://is.gd/hUuq (retweeted 34x http://is.gd/hX4R )

  27. Twitter_Tips says:

    I saw the problem in IE and Opera too.

  28. Twitter_Tips says:

    I saw the problem in IE and Opera too.

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