Google bots detect 9,500 new malicious websites every day
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 20/06/2012 14:06
Google adds a staggering 9,500 new websites every day to its running list of malicious Internet destinations so the company can warn end users before they visit the sites, a member of the company's security team said.
"These are either innocent websites that have been compromised by malware authors, or others that are built specifically for malware distribution or phishing," Google's Neil Provos wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday to coincide with the five year anniversary of the company's Safe Browsing initiative. "While we flag many sites daily, we strive for high quality and have had only a handful of false positives."
Google: We Find 9,500 New Malicious Sites Every Day
It's no secret that the Web is full of malicious content, but Google on Tuesday published some statistics that reveal just how breathtaking the scale of that danger really is.
In fact, Google uncovers some 9,500 new malicious websites every day through its Safe Browsing initiative, according to a blog post from Google Security Team blogger Niels Provos.
Open Letter to Internet Companies: Tell Us How Much We Are Being Surveilled
Google just unveiled the latest figures in its Transparency Report, which explains how often the company gives your private data to the government. Despite our criticism of the report's lack of "transparency," we applaud it nevertheless.
That's right, for about two years, the Mountain View, California technology giant has been releasing the number of government requests for user data, and other numbers. The figures aren't pretty, and they paint a picture of growing government surveillance.
But that is only a fraction of the surveillance puzzle.
Safe Browsing -- protecting web users for five years and counting
Five years ago, we launched Safe Browsing, an initiative designed to keep people safe from malicious content online. Our primary goal was to safeguard Google's search results against malware (software capable of taking control of your computer) and phishing (fraudulent websites that entice users to give up their personal information). We also wanted to help educate webmasters on how to protect their own sites.
Malware and phishing are still big problems online, but our Safe Browsing team has labored continuously to adapt to the rising challenges of new threats. We've also developed an infrastructure that automatically detects harmful content around the globe.