Google Flags Twitpic As A Malware Distributor

Google Flags Twitpic As A Malware Distributor

I really like Chrome. I like it for a lot of reasons, and one of them is because it warns you when a site has been flagged as a malware distributor. Sometimes, though, these warnings seem a little out of place. Twitpic — one of the most popular Twitter image hosting sites on the web — has just been flagged by Google as distributing internet nasties, and Twitpic is pretty mad.

Visting Twitpic’s site right now gets you this page:

Google throws this page up in front of a site before you visit it only when the site has been found to be distributing malicious malware to users browsing the page. The problem is that it could be anything distributing it. Dodgy advertising, something hidden on the page, or worse, something slipped in by hackers to ruin people’s day.

Twitpic is claiming, however, that it’s not distributing a shred of malware, and that Google’s got it all wrong:

Google has even blocked access to Twitpic’s own Twitter page — and anyone that retweets it — saying that “content from, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your Mac with malware”.

Not a good end to the year for Twitpic, then.

Thanks to David Olsen for the tip on this one.