Google: "This Site May Harm Your Computer "

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Google shocked its users.There was a strange thing happened on internet on last Saturday. Our favorite search engine Google was shocking the world with a strange message. When ever you hit Google there was message thrown saying that

" This site may Harm your Computer. "

This last for an hour and disappeared after that. when inquired, Google said " this was clearly an error and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused for our users."

Actually Google uses this message for warning the users if the site is known to install malicious software in the background. They maintain list of such sites and pop up the message when needed.

"Google periodically update that list and released one such update to the site that 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. Fortunately, thier on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file. Since they push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion, the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. PST and 6:40 a.m. PST and began disappearing between 7:10 PST and 7:25 a.m. PST , so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes".

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