Google Sounds Alarm on Malware Problem

Google said late Tuesday that it will use its search engine to respond to an outbreak of malicious software, or malware, that the company recently uncovered.

Writing on Google’s blog, Damian Menscher, a security engineer, said the company discovered “unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance on one of our data centers.” After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending the data traffic, he said, Google concluded that the computers associated with the traffic were previously infected with a particular strain of malware.

A Google spokesman said the company believes more than a million computers were affected by the malware strain. The malware appears to have been downloaded by people who were fooled by online scams that offered them anti-virus protection but were really malware in disguise.

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