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Careful Where You Click! Google Flags Hacked Sites.

Gawkergate got you feeling itchy about the sites you visit? Perhaps Google can help: The search engine is now telling searchers when it thinks a site may be hacked. Or in Google’s words, it tells you, “This site may be compromised.”

Here’s a sample, from Google’s blog post announcing the change (via SearchEngineLand). Click on the image to enlarge:

Google has already been flagging sites it thinks are distributing malware, so this is just an incremental step. And Google apparently thinks a “compromised” site is less dangerous than one it thinks “may harm your computer”: If you click on the link for the latter, Google will send you to an “are you really sure you want to go there?” message, but Google won’t actually slow you down if you want to head to a hacked site.

[Image credit: Picture Perfect Pose]

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-hacked-site-notifications-in-search.html

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik