Skip to Content
Uncategorized

Google vs. Malware

September 1, 2006

This summer Google started actively trying to warn users away from dangerous places on the Internet. If you try to click on a link furnished by a Google search, you might get a screen that screams, “Warning–the site you are about to visit may harm your computer! You can learn more about malware and how to protect yourself at StopBadware.org.” Eventually, a general warning will be replaced by detailed information on a given site’s record of distributing code that aims to steal data, send spam, or generate pop-up ads. Such records are being compiled by StopBadware.org, a creation of researchers at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the University of Oxford (with the backing of Google and other companies).

But given that a mini-industry in “search optimization” has sprung up as online companies try to get their sites ranked higher in Google search returns, how long before malware purveyors create an industry in malware-detection-avoidance optimization?

Deep Dive

Uncategorized

Our best illustrations of 2022

Our artists’ thought-provoking, playful creations bring our stories to life, often saying more with an image than words ever could.

How CRISPR is making farmed animals bigger, stronger, and healthier

These gene-edited fish, pigs, and other animals could soon be on the menu.

The Download: the Saudi sci-fi megacity, and sleeping babies’ brains

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. These exclusive satellite images show Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway In early 2021, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia announced The Line: a “civilizational revolution” that would house up…

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023

Every year, we pick the 10 technologies that matter the most right now. We look for advances that will have a big impact on our lives and break down why they matter.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.