June 20, 2012, 11:24 AM — There are plenty of malware and cybersecurity threat reports out there, but not many from the one Internet player whose central role and unmatched reach give it the potential for the clearest view of what's really happening on the Internet: Google.
Five years ago Google launched its Safe Browsing initiative, under which it collects lists of suspected phishing and malware sites and provides an API that gives developers an easy way to have their apps check Google blacklists before opening a new site.
The one consistent risk Google can't do anything about directly is the habit of many users of ignoring warnings about malware on sites with which they're familiar. Even when they haven't been redirected to an attack site, Google warnings mean a known site may have been infected by malware that makes it an involuntary participant in a malware distribution network. "We have very few false positives," the post said.
Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of that project, Google published stats showing some trends in the risks it has spotted and what Google is doing about them: