An alarming glitch that plagued Google’s search engine on Jan. 31 was blamed on human error, PC Magazine reports–but it raises questions about the danger of relying too heavily on one company to deliver internet search results. From about 9:30 a.m. EST until 10:25 a.m. EST, most searches for any site in Google’s database returned the message: "This site may harm your computer." If a user attempted to click through to the result, a subsequent page referred users to StopBadware.org, causing that site to crash from the millions of visitors trying to access the site. The duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes, Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search, wrote in a blog post. "What happened? Very simply, human error," Mayer wrote. Google works with StopBadware.org, compiling a list of sites that could harm a user’s computer. Unfortunately, a Google employee apparently added a "/" URL, which resolved to every URL in Google’s database. Google apologized for the error, and promised to put in place processes to prevent it from happening again…

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