Feeds

Websense makes hash of MS classification

Mistook downloads for doobies

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Microsoft's software download site was briefly categorised as a marijuana-related site and blocked by censorware outfit Websense on Monday. Websense blamed human error for the slip-up (or should that be splif-up), which it was able to quickly correct.

Click for full-size image

Here is the news - Bong

"For a brief period of time on Monday, the Websense database categorized www.microsoft.com/downloads incorrectly. Our system detected the error immediately," Websense said in a statement.

"The error was corrected via a Websense database feature called real-time database update (a free service included with the latest version of our product - Websense Enterprise v6.1) within approximately 15 minutes of discovery," it added.

What about the cookies?

Patrick Swisher, director of database ops at Websense, explained that one of a number of new URL locations on Microsoft's download site was mis-labeled by one of its staff. "Other variants were correctly identified. Somebody slipped. The person involved has a good heart and not up to any mischief, even though it might look that way."

Only a few people were blocked by the misclassification, according to Swisher, who said such mistakes are "rare". ®

Many thanks to Reg reader Richard for drawing this amusing SNAFU to our attention. He came upon the error while trying to download components needed for an x64 CAD application.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.