Should Search Engines Do More about Malware?
Last month, Google released a report stating that 1.3% of search queries returned “malicious” results, which included malware. Many people took this as reason to panic and immediately asked “Why aren’t they doing something about this?” (I would interject here that if 98.7% of search queries return only safe results, it would seem that they have done something about this.)
However, 85% of those asked by Virus Bulletin in a recent survey said that search engines should be doing more about malware. Meanwhile, I’m guessing 99.9% of them couldn’t tell you what search engines have already done about malware from pages listed SERPs.
But of course, that kind of policing could bring about all kinds of Google bowling possibilities:
Besides raising issues over freedom of speech, [Randy Abrams, director of technical education at Eset,] foresees another side effect of blocking sites: a new kind of DoS attack, where a website is infected with malware by a competitor or someone with a grudge, thus causing it to disappear from search engine results.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Google already catching a lot of flak for being the ‘Internet police’? I know, I know, demanding internal consistency from the masses is one of those dangerous pastimes we would all do well to avoid to keep our blood pressure under control. But really, are people scared of Google having too much influence in their lives or are they too busy begging for more?