StopBadware.org, the place to appeal a Google malware warning
If your Web site is one of the more than 170,000 sites on the Internet that Google has tagged as hosting malware, you have a place to turn–StopBadware.org.
On Saturday, an error at Google changed the display of search results so that every site on the Internet was listed as having malware for about an hour. After that happened, StopBadware.org’s site was hit with so much traffic–67,000 or 13 times the normal daily number–that it led to a denial of service that had the site offline for nearly an hour and a half.
After initially saying StopBadware.org had contributed to the problem, Google retracted that and said it was solely the fault of the search engine. Meanwhile, StopBadware.org got 150 malware review requests over the weekend from people whose sites were tagged as harmful during the glitch.
“It was an unfortunate event, but it helps raise awareness of this real problem” of sites hosting malware, Maxim Weinstein, manager of the nonprofit StopBadware.org, said in an interview on Monday with CNET News.