Clearly not a good Christmas present for those looking after the slt.lk domain. Particularly since stopbadware.org, the Google related website responsible for the warnings is “Closed for Winter Break” till Jan 2nd.
However Google malware warning have been around since late 2006. The malware notice on the Sri Lanka Telecom link on Google has been noticed some time ago in a this lame-duck.com forum post (I will not comment on the ironies). So this shouldn’t be shocker.
Google offers an explanation – essentially claiming that sites described as harmful
“may install malicious software on your computer“. There is also a detailed definition of what constitutes “malicious software”. There’s a briefer overview on the stopbadware.org site FAQ. The site suggests that web masters whose sites are flagged as malware to “request reviews” through webmaster tools which has information about dealing with these matters.
I don’t know if the slt.lk site admins knows about this, or how much it really matters (particular to Sri Lanka Telcom). Major websites such as CNET have been similarly “marked“.
Search Engine News has an in-depth article on this aptly titled “Google Malware Warning: Big Help or Big Brother?“
It will be interesting how Sri Lanka Telecom responds (if it bothers to). Or maybe they’ll just cut my phone service for bring this up. Equally interesting is finding out what other Sri Lanka sites are blacklisted in this way.