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Pencils.com “may be compromised”

While performing a search for pencils, it’s hard to not notice the “This site may be compromised” warning that Google displays in the pencils.com listing:

Google says pencils.com may be compromised.

Though I imagined for a moment that Google might be judging the pencils.com marketing practices, the notice is merely about a possible malware infection.

6 comments to Pencils.com “may be compromised”

  • Bill M

    Famous Malware. Junst one of the many reasons I do not use the high priced software. Never a worry with Linux.

    Worst case an on line email account can get hacked.

  • Joan

    Bill M

    “Junst one of the many reasons I do not use the high priced software. Never a worry with Linux.”

    What is the relationship between the “high priced software” and the Linux and some kind of malware?
    Do you mean a free application is not under malware thread and an expensive one (Photoshop for Mac, for instance) is?

    May you please clarify?

  • Mat McEvoy

    I looked at this as I too have several sites google claims “may be compromised” and seriously cannot figure out why they are claiming this on my own. I have followed their directions to a T about alleviating this and cannot find one thing wrong, clean as a whistle. I checked Pencils.com with the Firefox Wappalyzer and they are running Varnish, PHP, Apache on UBUNTU Linux… as far as I can tell Google is just making it’s usual bad blanket decisions.

  • Joan—

    Using low-priced or free software as such doesn’t protect one against malware, though at least one major episode with which I’m familiar involved malware insinuated in the firmware of a printer. However, Linux, which happens usually to be free or low-priced also happens to be safer.

    For now, there is far less targetting (by malevolent programmers) of Linux than of Windows, and that alone would make Linux much safer. (MacOS enjoys that same lack of attention.)

    But, in addition, there are flavors of Linux that use a very different approach to security (SELinux), so that malware just can’t get very far in inflicting damage.

  • Joan

    @Daniel
    Yeah, I agree with you, but de Bill comment was too weak from the computing point of view and there is a trend to think Linux is safe “per se” and expensive software (often they mean Microsoft) is unsafe. Targetting differences is the key as you mention. For this reason AmigaOS should be far more safe than Linux even though this OS does not have any firewall.
    About Pencils.com, perhaps they cleaned the infection in a matter of minutes after the advise by Google, although it is not the first time I see a “bad blanket decision” from Google.

  • Koshima

    More importantly, is pencils.com really infected with some virus?

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