Bing Launches New Resource About Malware-Infected Sites

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Bing Launches New Resource About Malware-Infected Sites

David Felstead, Principal Development Lead at Bing, announced a new feature that Bing has been working on to ensure its users are well protected.

For some time Bing has been cautioning users when a search result could be potentially harmful. However, access to any further information was only available to those with a Bing Webmaster account.

Bing has solved that problem with the launch of their new Bing Site Safety Page. The new Bing Site Safety Page is a portal where all Bing users can go to learn why a particular site is being flagged, how long it has been flagged, and when the last scan took place.

In addition to the Bing Site Safety Page, they have also rolled out an update to the warning users receive in the search results when a harmful site has been flagged. The new warning has a link inviting users to “learn more about why this URL was marked as malicious” – when a searcher follows this link, they will end up at the new Bing Site Safety page.

The Bing Site Safety Page will then show the user the following information:

  • The reason the page is being marked as malicious, e.g. Malicious Javascript, DriveBy Attacks, Malware Network References, etc…
  • The date the infection was first detected
  • How often the URL has been scanned
  • The date the infection was most recently detected

All of this information is available for each of the tens of millions of URLs discovered as malicious by Bing. Bing says they’re already seeing thousands of users visit the Bing Site Safety Page every day.

With this update, Bing hopes that the Site Safety Page will de-mystify some of the issues around malware on the web, while providing searchers with more insight when a malware warning is presented to them.

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  • Manoj

    I was facing some malicious plugin issues recently. Later I re installed the entire site. This is a good attempt by Bing. Really helpful !

  • Eric

    I had six of my websites marked by Bing as dangerous due to malware. It turned out to be a simple page peel advertisement in the top corner of my website. It was not malware, nor did it link to a bad site. Bing simply did not like the javascript code used to create the page peel.

    Since that was the only script on my sites, I removed the page peel and sent for reevaluation. Four of my sites passed in a couple days. The last two are shown as clean in the webmaster tools, but Bing has still not fully released the sites to show properly in the index. Every time those two sites come up in search there is a huge warning to scare off customers that my sites contain malware which could hurt their computer/privacy. Its been almost TWO WEEKS and I’m still being penalized over an advertisement on my page (which was from a reputable company)

    The worst part is Bing does not tell you what it found, or the suspected code. They only give you the url where it was found and the webmaster has to try and figure out what code Bing does not like. In my case it was an advertisement! Malicious code scanners did not detect anything, nor did Google Webmaster Tools. It appears that Bing is being overly aggressive.

    Bing is not very webmaster friendly when it comes to dealing with this “malware slap in the face”. While their website states often sites are hacked and webmasters are not even aware of any malware. This new feature is to help, but they are not very accommodating in telling webmasters exactly what was found, nor even given 12-24 hours to investigate before tarnishing a company name. Then you end up waiting days, or weeks to get your site back to a normal listing. In the meantime your reputation online plummets and so do your sales.

    I think Bing could be opening its doors to a class action suit for libel statements online about a business/website. This intentional hurting of a person/company’s reputation and financial losses is not acceptable. Bing does not show proof of malware, they only claim to have detected it and use that to tarnish a company’s name. That is not enough in a court of law when I can show the malware warning and traffic/sales losses due to their false statements. (an advertisement is not malware Bing!!!)