Internet behemoth Google on Sunday declared the conservative website Lucianne, founded by Lucianne Goldberg, harmful to computers.
Oddly, as NewsBusters reported, the same thing happened to the conservative website "American Spectator" almost exactly a year ago.
If you do a regular Google web search of the word "Lucianne," the following is the first result:
Lucianne.com News ForumThis site may harm your computer.
Dec 21, 2008 ... Forum for posting and discussion of current news items of a political bent. Includes selections by columnist Lucianne Goldberg.
www.lucianne.com/ - Similar pages
Click on "This site may harm your computer," and the following appears: If you put www.lucianne.com into your browser (I use Firefox), the following appears:
Reported Attack Site!
This web site at lucianne.com has been reported as an attack site and has been blocked based on your security preferences.
Attack sites try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.
Some attack sites intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
When you click "Why was this site blocked," the following appears:
Safe BrowsingDiagnostic page for lucianne.com
What is the current listing status for lucianne.com?
Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.
Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 2 time(s) over the past 90 days.
What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 309 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 2 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2008-12-20, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2008-12-20.
Malicious software includes 8 trojan(s), 5 exploit(s), 4 worm(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 3 new processes on the target machine.
Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, lucianne.com appeared to function as an intermediary for the infection of 1 site(s) including dartsearch.net/.
Has this site hosted malware?
No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.
How did this happen?
In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.