February 2, 2009 / 12:12 AM / 10 years ago

Human error at Google sends the wrong message

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google said that for nearly an hour on Saturday, users got an erroneous message when they did searches on many sites, saying, “This site may harm your computer.”

A woman holds a Google T-Mobile G1 mobile telephone at a T-Mobile store in New York City, October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The problem began at 9:30 a.m. ET and ended at 10:25 a.m. ET

“What happened? Very simply, human error,” the company said on its blog. Google said it flags search results with the message when a site is known to install malicious software. Instead, many other sites were affected.

A detailed explanation is available at the company’s site, googleblog.blogspot.com.

Reporting by David Lawsky; Editing by Xavier Briand

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