Google warns users of hacked web sites
Google has started warning users when they are about to visit web sites which may have been hacked. Google has long warned users when search results include sites which spread malware and now plans to detect web sites which may have been hacked, without the owner's consent, for purposes such as phishing or spamming.
Google advises exercising caution when visiting suspicious web sites and says that they should only be visited using the latest browser version and with fully patched versions of Adobe Reader and Flash Player. Users should be careful with personal data when visiting such sites.
Google says it will contact owners of web sites which appear to have been hacked via contact email addresses and via their Webmaster Tools account if they have one. An emergency plan, which allows victims to prompt Google to reassess their sites more quickly after clean-up, is also available.