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15 October 2010, 15:04

Google to alert admins of phishing attempts and malware

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Google Logo Google has announced that it is, from now on, able to alert network operators to phishing attempts and malware hosted in their networks. The "Safe Browsing Alerts for Network Administrators" feature allows admins to register their "autonomous systems" (AS), which are collections of publicly accessible IP networks. If there is suspicious activity, admins will receive an email containing a list of URLs to systems that are located within their AS.

This allows ISPs and the operators of large networks such as those of universities and large corporations to gain an impression of potentially dubious activities within their infrastructures. Google uses crawlers to check web pages for suspicious or malicious content and stores the corresponding URLs in its databases. Previously, only server operators had access to the "Safe Browsing" feature of Google's Webmaster Tools which sent email alerts about any compromising activities on their servers.

Google say they hope that this step will facilitate closer co-operation between network administrators and web server administrators and improve security levels.


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