July 20, 2011

Google warns users about Malware on their Computers


Google has identified malware while performing routine system maintenance which is redirecting traffic to their server.

"Recently, we found some unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance on one of our data centers. After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending this modified traffic, we determined that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software"

"This particular malware causes infected computers to send traffic to Google through a small number of intermediary servers called “proxies.” We hope that by taking steps to notify users whose traffic is coming through these proxies, we can help them update their antivirus software and remove the infections. "

As a result of this discovery, Google is using web search result as a malware warning system to notify users whose traffic is coming through these proxies.

Source:- Google Blog


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