Has Google Admitted that it is a source of Malware? — Yes indeed! ?
Google.com has become a potent source of malware infections. This hasn’t been claimed by any security expert or security firm but by Google itself.
“Some pages on Google.com contain deceptive content right now,” this was the status that we encountered when we checked out the Safe Browsing Site Status of Google’s transparency report about two days ago.
When we went further on the site’s safety details, we came across four warnings. One of the warnings read: “some pages on this website redirect visitors to dangerous websites that install malware on visitors’ computers.”
Another reads: “Attackers on this site might try to trick you to download software or steal your information (for example passwords, messages, or credit card information).”
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It is, however, quite interesting that Google had flagged itself as partially dangerous. This status was posted two days ago. Later on, Google modified the status and changed dangerously with “not dangerous.” Moreover, the warning regarding the phishing URLs probability has also been deleted.
The next morning, that was yesterday, the status again flagged itself as partially dangerous.
Google might have fixed some of the issues it was facing regarding phishing links and therefore, changed the status. Some other problems of similar nature might have sprouted and hence, Google switched back to its old status.
It is understandable that there are malicious links circulating on the world’s most used search engine because its database is massive and some links leading to malware is perhaps inevitable. But then, one wonders, actually how many are these malicious links, what’s their actual percentage? Well, only Google knows.
At the time of publishing this article, Google was marked as a safe site, however, Tumblr was marked as a potentially unsafe site to visit.