Google Search Problems created from Stopbadware.org Error
Every result from Google search this morning is being marked that “this site may harm your computer”. This error appears to stem from a stopbadware.org outage. It is not clear what has caused the outage of stopbadware.org, but hopefully they will release news soon.
In 2007, Google partnered with stopbadware.org to check for malicious content on the web and alert users. It appears that the implementation of this integration was not tolerant of errors.
Several other sites from Google, including their help sites, are running slow this morning.
Update: As of 9:24AM CST, the error appears to be resolved on Google’s search result, although stopbadware.org is still offline.
Update 2: The Google blog gave an explanation of the error. The list of bad URLs that Google imports from stopbadware.org accidentally included the “/” URL, which blocked everything. The source of the problem was human error.
As the commenters have noted, the outage of stopbadware.org was a denial-of-service from the massive Google hits, although it appears they were still the origination of the error.
Update 3: The Google blog has updated its statement around the cause of the error, clearing stopbadware.org of any fault. Google has taken responsibility for adding the “/” URL to the malicious site lists.