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Monday, April 17, 2023

SAD: 12 year old Blogger post warning that my wiki was hacked flagged as malware

Almost 12 years ago, in 2011, I posted on my Google Blogger.com  warning that my very old wiki had been cloned, and that the clone was probably  hosting malware or the like.

Excerpts of that post:

Googling "..." today, I found my own website, comp-arch.net. / But I also found another website, waboba.info, that seems to be a clone of comp-arch.net. / This is probably a malware site, probably directing people to attack code, or at least trying to promote search engine scores. / In a way, it is flattering that comp-arch.net might be considered worth cloning. But then again, I imagine that this sort of thing is automated by the bad guys. / If you ever use comp-arch.net stuff, beware of waboba.info, and other possible clones.

Today I received the email (see below)  from "The Blogger Team, 

Saying that my post warning about possible malware violated their malware policy (which also see below)

So warning about possible malware is interpreted as malware.

IMHO it is highly probable that this was surely an automated system, no humans  involved. Unclear whether it was stupid keyword search or stupid ML -- in any  case, a probably stupid automated system. And if a human was involved, either stupid or too busy to pay attention.

This is so old, and I so seldom use Blogger anymore, that  it is not worth trying to fix. I'm only posting this because I think it's a sad comment  or example of the state of the world.

It will be amusing to see if this post is also flagged as malware.
  • Yep, so it is.
  • I very much doubt that any true intelligence, human or artificial, could point out that this post violates their malware policy.

It has been obvious that Google has deprecated Blogger and BlogSpot.   I wonder if this sort of hassle is a precursor to them taking them finally off-line. It's probably time to make sure that I've  taken out all of the content.

---+ The Email from "The Blogger Team" received 4/17/2023




As you may know, our Community Guidelines (https://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy) describe the boundaries for what we allow-- and don't allow-- on Blogger. Your post titled "comp-arch.net mal-hacked - cloned, maybe broken into." was flagged to us for review. We have determined that it violates our guidelines and have unpublished the URL http://blog.andy.glew.ca/2011/08/comp-archnet-mal-hacked-cloned-maybe.html, making it unavailable to blog readers.


Why was your blog post unpublished?

Your content has violated our Malware and Viruses policy. Please visit our Community Guidelines page linked in this email to learn more.


If you are interested in republishing the post, please update the content to adhere to Blogger's Community Guidelines. Once the content is updated, you may republish it at https://www.blogger.com/go/appeal-post?blogId=2425290326823263574&postId=389663627174261254. This will trigger a review of the post.


For more information, please review the following resources:


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The Blogger Team

---+ Their Malware Policy

Malware and Similar Malicious Content

Do not transmit malware or any content that harms or interferes with the operation of the networks, servers, end user devices, or other infrastructure. This includes the direct hosting, embedding, or transmission of malware, viruses, destructive code, or other harmful or unwanted software or similar content. This also includes content that transmits viruses, causes pop-ups, attempts to install software without the user’s consent, or otherwise impacts users with malicious code. See our Safe Browsing Policies for more information.