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Microsoft Slaps Malicious Tag on Google.com

Ooops, ouch or both? You decide.

Here's the story: Last week's Microsoft security update included a fix that discovered a new malicious Web site -- Google.com! The update claimed Google was infiltrated by the Blackhole Exploit Kit. Now I know there are things wrong with Google, but I don't think the Blackhole Exploit is one of them!

Fortunately the problem was shorted-lived. It just took an hour or three for Microsoft to respond to massive complaints (not sure how many came directly from Eric Schmidt) and solve the problem. The trick for IT is to download the revised update. Yup, that's right, updating an update!

The alarms didn't affect everyone, just Security Essentials and Forefront users.

While it is fun to poke fun, this really isn't a big deal. A false positive is much better than a real one!

Am I going too easy on Microsoft? You tell me at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/22/2012 at 1:19 PM


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