Today at roughly 9 am eastern all Google search results in Firefox and Chrome appeared with this link above them:
Of course the story broke on Twitter and I saw the word “harm” trending in Tweetdeck’s Twitscoop window:
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.