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Blogspot bother evokes inadvertent homepage self-hate

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Casual observers may have concluded that Google has defined a portion of its own search page as potentially malign this morning.

In reality, the warning that users visiting a particular page might become exposed to drive-by download attacks involves blogspot.com. Blogspot was caught serving content from a hacker-controlled domain, hence the health warning.

A screenshot of the snafu was captured by security researcher Mikko Hyppönen of F-Secure here.

"The warning about google.com was shown by the browser when accessing a page on Blogspot by clicking a link in Google search results," Hyppönen told El Reg. "The problem was on blogspot.com, not on google.com - it just looked that way."

The snag coincided with the expansion of Google's vulnerability rewards program to include bugs in its web services, such as search, Gmail and blogger.com. ®

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