Google ‘evilly’ shuts down millions of websites

RT
July 7, 2011

Over 11 million websites have been blacklisted and banned by Google. A massive block of websites registered for free through the co.cc subdomain have been silenced after the Internet giants have determined many of them to be unfit for the Web.

Google’s Matt Cutts writes on his Google Plus account that the company has the right to pull the plug on sites if they “see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost be spammy or low-quality.” 11 million sites hosted on the free-host co.cc were banned as a result, after Google decided that a large chunk of the content was malicious or otherwise below par for their Internet standards.

On Google’s Online Security Blog, the company’s Oliver Fisher writes, “Google’s automated malware scanning systems detect sites that distribute malware. To help protect users we recently modified those systems to identify bulk sub domain services which are being abused. In some severe cases our systems may now flag the whole bulk domain.”

The domain of .cc is revealed by The Register to have twice as many phishing attacks of other domain extensions, and its sub domain of .co.cc is to blame. On that sub domain, the company hosts 11,383,746 freely registered domains, now all blocked by Google.

On his blog post, Fishes says that owners of a shut-down site should contact their sub domain provider if Google’s SafeBrowsing service shows it to be unsecure. From there, they say, they can use tools available through Google to help remedy the problem.

Another Google worker, John Mu, writes, “If you feel that your particular site is in line with our Webmaster Guidelines, I would recommend submitting a reconsideration request. Additionally, if you use a sub domain on a widely used domain name, and feel that your sub domain provider is not up to par with regards to preventing and handling abuse quickly – be it webspam, phishing, or malware – you may wish to look into ways of remedying that.”

Google doesn’t explicitly offer how to remedy that problem, however, and the company often takes weeks to process a reconsideration request.

In the meantime, 11 million sites — malicious and not — have been blacklisted and blocked by Google worldwide.

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2 Responses to Google ‘evilly’ shuts down millions of websites

  1. sankar says:

    i want this image

  2. jim flim says:

    This isn’t the whole story though ….

    .cc is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian territory. Note: “co.cc” is not an official hierarchy; it is a domain (www.co.cc) owned by a company who offers free subdomain redirection services. This company offers two free co.cc domains, as well as bulk discounts for ordering as many as 15,000 domain names at a time. These domains are often used by spammers to create spam blogs, or “splogs.

    Due to the large use by website spammers of subdomains from co.cc Google has deindexed the over 11 million .co.cc websites. This has had no impact on other .cc websites. The .cc domain is preferred by many cycling clubs as well as churches and Christian organizations as “CC” also happens to be an abbreviation for “Christian Church” or “Catholic Church.” Some open-source/open-hardware projects use a .cc for their home pages, as “CC” is the abbreviation for “Creative Commons”. These genuine sites are unaffected.