Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Google warns on "unsafe" websites

Article on BBC News about a new feature from Google, to flag pages and sites that are nown to host spyware or other malicious programs:

"The warnings will be seen by anyone using the search engine who clicks on a link to a site identified as harmful by the Stop Badware coalition...initially the warnings seen via the search site will be generic and simply alert people to the fact that a site has been flagged as dangerous. Eventually the warnings will become more detailed as Stop Badware researchers visit harmful sites and analyse how they try to subvert users' machines."

A good idea, but will the Stop Badware coalition be able to keep up as sites move location and new ones appear? Essentially the same problem that filtering software developers have in keeping their software up-to-date?