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OH I remember. Someone else mentioned that they use a different search engine called Dogpile. Just so you know, that's a meta search engine and does include results from Google. Dogpile doesn't actually serve its own results since it takes the top ten from numerous search engines. So you might be using Dogpile but you're still using Google. Sorry!
Google Glitch Labels Internet as Malware
An alarming glitch that plagued Google's search engine Saturday morning was blamed on human error, Google said in a blog post.
From about 6:30 AM PST until 7:25 AM PST, most searches for any site in Google's database returned the message "This site may harm your computer." If a user attempted to click through to the result, a subsequent page referred users to StopBadware.org, causing that site to crash from the millions of visitors trying to access the site.
The errors began appearing between 6:27 AM and 6:40 AM and began disappearing by 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM, so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes, Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search, wrote in a blog post.
"What happened? Very simply, human error," Mayer wrote. Google works with StopBadware.org, compiling a list of sites that could harm a user's computer. Unfortunately, a Google employee apparently added a "/" URL, which resolved to every URL in Google's database.
Google originally claimed that StopBadware.org compiled the list of sites, essentially blaming the organization for the glitch, which was later corrected.
"The mistake in Google's initial statement, indicating that we supply them with badware data, is a common misperception," StopBadware.org wrote in its own blog post by Maxim Weinstein, the leader of the team. "We appreciate their follow up efforts in clarifying the relationship on their blog and with the media. Despite today's glitch, we continue to support Google's effort to proactively warn users of badware sites, and our experience is that they are committed to doing so as accurately and as fairly as possible."
Google apologized for the error, and promised to put in place processes to prevent it from happening again.
"Thanks to our team for their quick work in finding this. And again, our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled," Mayer wrote. "We will carefully investigate this incident and put more robust file checks in place to prevent it from happening again."
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February 2nd, 2009
Google’s flub: Do we have a Web monoculture too?
Google had a rough weekend and a human error caused the search giant to list the entire Web as malware for an hour or so. The screw-up is likely to raise questions about the risks of having a monoculture dependent on any one technology supplier.
On Saturday, Google tagged the Web as malware and was rendered useless. After various reports, Google blamed the incident on human error.
Was the ruckus over Google’s outage overblown? Possibly. But to many folks Google is the Window to the Internet. If folks can’t Google people are simply lost. That fact alone probably qualifies Google as a Web monoculture although it may be a touch premature to make a definitive call. However, Google touches everything and frankly that’s a bit worrisome.
In security circles, monoculture is a key concept. Roughly speaking, whenever a technology–Windows for instance–is dominant it becomes a big target to attack. You attack the target and wreak a lot of havoc. Windows is a monoculture. If Windows is wrecked the damage is far and wide just because of market share.
Ryan Naraine in his Google coverage on Saturday foreshadowed the monoculture question. He said the Google incident “provides a harsh lesson on our total dependence on a single vendor/search provider.” Is Google a monoculture? If Google isn’t a Web monoculture today it soon will be. Google is becoming a search monopoly and it can extend that dominance into other areas. Just look at the reaction to its malware screwup. There was one hour when we couldn’t use Google–and everyone noticed quickly. If Ask.com–or Live Search for that matter–had a similar malware tagging glitch the hubbub wouldn’t have happened.
What’s worrisome is that monocultures exist everywhere. The goal for every IT vendor is to become your monoculture. Windows is a monoculture. In enterprise software there’s SAP and Oracle–that’s a duopoly but depending on the company one of those two runs suppliers runs the business. Cisco is a networking monoculture. Pick an industry or technology and there’s some form of lock-in.
And the pressure for enterprises to become a monoculture is immense. How many times have you heard some CIO yapping about standardizing on one technology because it’s allegedly more cost effective? When it comes to vendors they want one throat to choke. The downside: What you save in costs and complexity you lose in immunity.