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Google Search now detects malware-infected computers, then tells user

Jul 21, 2011, 04:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"The activity sparked an investigation with the collaboration of the companies sending the data to the data center in question. It turns out the activity was due to user's machines being infected with malware meaning Google could detect individual machines that carried this infection just by flagging the activity patterns.

"The detection is possible because the malware being used accesses Google through a set number of proxy servers. So when Google notices traffic through one of these proxies it knows the machine sending the request is infected with this strain of malware."

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