As Neighborhood Watch For The Web, Google Now Flags Nearly 10,000 Dangerous Sites Daily

By Andy Greenberg – Starting around five years ago, Google switched from merely mapping out the Web to acting as its roving police force, scanning pages and labeling troublemaker sites as it crawled them. Now it wants to take credit for cleaning up some of the Web’s worst neighborhoods.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Safe Browsing security initiative Tuesday, Google released a new collection of data that shows some of the numbers that have resulted from that project’s continual scouring of the Web for phishing sites, websites built to harbor malware and perform drive-by downloads on users’ machines, and innocent sites hijacked by cybercriminals to serve the same nasty purposes: It now spots around 9,500 new malicious sites around the Web every day. more>

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