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Google crashes; says all Internet is bad

As I write this, Google is reporting every search result as being harmful. With Google being the de-facto home page for many people will Febrary 1st go down as the day the Internet died? Pictures included!
UPDATE: We now know what happened.

Well, someone had to do it, didn't they?

Someone's gone ahead and typed "Google" into Google - the myth spread by Jen from UK sitcom, "The IT Crowd" which promised to crash the monolithic search engine.

Ok, maybe that wasn't it, but something's definitely gone wrong.

Like many, I've long forsaken printed manuals and references in favour of the "Google it right now" approach to troubleshooting and fact-finding.

Hitting a MySQL problem (namely, how do I get mysqldump to escape special characters in field names) I turned to trusty reliable old Google.

To my surprise, every search result was flagged as "This site may harm your computer" - the tag line reserved for sites believed to contain malware.

Clicking on any search results takes me not to the page in question but to a Google page advising of the risks of malware. I am told I can continue on if I'm brave - but I have to manually copy-and-paste the link; Google will have no part in taking me there - or I can press the browser Back button and try another result.

Clicking on the link to explain why Google feels this way about the site brings up a server error.

So, there's no explanation, and no enter-search-term-and-click browsing going on tonight.

Here's hoping to a timely reboot and perhaps by the time you read this things will be up and running (after all, there's no way you'll find this story by Googleing if Google is down!) - but for a brief period of time in the early AM of February 1st 2009 Google was out of action.

Given Google's massive renown as virtually "the" Internet for many a soul it's as if the Internet died. Woah!

Google server error

Google says the Internet is bad, m'kay


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David M Williams

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. Within two years, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Newcastle, as a UNIX systems manager. This was a crucial time for UNIX at the University with the advent of the World-Wide-Web and the decline of VMS. David moved on to a brief stint in consulting, before returning to the University as IT Manager in 1998. In 2001, he joined an international software company as Asia-Pacific troubleshooter, specialising in AIX, HP/UX, Solaris and database systems. Settling down in Newcastle, David then found niche roles delivering hard-core tech to the recruitment industry and presently is the Chief Information Officer for a national resources company where he particularly specialises in mergers and acquisitions and enterprise applications.