[R] This site may harm your computer - Google warning about cran website

Hesen Peng hesen.peng at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 02:29:04 CET 2009

Hey all,

Just now I ran into this update on Google Blog explaining the whole incident:


On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch at stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
> On 31/01/2009 10:19 AM, Christos Argyropoulos wrote:
>> This is extremely annoying (and it smells of rat). As of this time (1013
>> am ET), Google issues the following nasty warning: "This site may harm your
>> computer"
>> when I try to visit any of the CRAN package repository sites or CRAN task
>> view.
>> The funny thing is that Google's Safe Browsing Diagnostic page (it gives
>> diagnostics about any page that
>> it may contain Malware) does not seem to be working at the moment, so that
>> the problems that it found
>> with CRAN are not available for review.
> I suspect that the server that maintained those records was down, and their
> fallback was to assume that if it didn't respond, there was a problem.  The
> error message therefore showed up almost everywhere, but is fixed now.
> One speculation:  The error page told you you could go to the selected URL
> "at your own risk".  Does that mean they'll assume responsibility that all
> links are safe if they don't warn you?
> Duncan Murdoch
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