This week we saw a vicious attack on Google, Yahoo and MSN search results by malware and spyware operators hit the big news after months in the making, and the search engines, at least Google, are beginning to react publicly.
Google acted pretty swiftly on removing the bulk of the malware sites, and has added a form for reporting suspicious sites issue malware via rankings in the Google search engine results pages.
From the Google Online Security Blog:
Currently, we know of hundreds of thousands of websites that attempt to infect people’s computers with malware. Unfortunately, we also know that there are more malware sites out there. This is where we need your help in filling in the gaps. If you come across a site that is hosting malware, we now have an easy way for you to let us know about it. If you come across a site that is hosting malware, please fill out this short form. Help us keep the internet safe, and report sites that distribute malware.
Let’s see if the other search engines follow suit and if Google actually cleanses its index of malware sites.