Google to provide info to hacked websites


Google to provide info to hacked websites

Warwick Ashford

Google has announced a new tool that will send samples of malicious code to website administrators in an attempt to help clean up the internet.

The information will be provided through Google's Webmaster Tools, which is designed to provide other data about websites such as the number of visitors.

The information will come from Google's automated scanners, which detect malware on websites that have been indexed and flagged as suspect by its search engine.

"We understand the frustration of webmasters whose sites have been compromised without their knowledge and who discover that their site has been flagged," wrote Lucas Ballard on Google's online security blog.

Google's Webmaster Tools already emails registered site administrators to warn them of suspicious content, but the new tool provides webmasters with samples of the malicious code, said Ballard.

"Webmasters will see a list of their pages that we found to be involved in malware distribution and samples of the malicious content that Google's scanners encountered," he said.

Google says the tool will help administrators address vulnerabilities quickly, and once they notify Google that their site is clean, it will be given the all-clear.

"We hope you never have cause to use this feature, but if you do, it should help you quickly purge malware from your site and help protect its visitors," wrote Ballard.

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