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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Google Marks Tarkan's Official Site

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

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As of going to print, Tarkan.com has been blocked by Google, the most used search engine on the Internet, as malicious. Firefox browsers have also blocked the Turkish popstar's official site as an attack site (as pictured left).

When Tarkan's name is searched on the largest provider of search results online, it's official site result is tagged with a warning that states going on it could harm the end user's computer. This warning message appears with search results that Google have identified as sites that may install malicious software on the user's computer.

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On contacting Google, Tarkan Deluxe was told that malicious software is often installed without a user's knowledge or permission when such sites are visited, and can include programs that delete data on the computer, steal personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers, or alter search results.

If the title of the result is clicked on, a warning is shown rather than being taken immediately to the web page in question (as pictured top left). Visitors can choose to continue to the site at their own risk.

Safe to Surf?

Having lain dormant for months, the Safe Browsing diagnostic page for Tarkan.com reveals that the site has been listed as suspicious due to recently added third party code used to trace users' tracks.

Google explained sites are marked automatically when certain changes or updates are recorded on the site, although most experienced web designers will have already accustomed themselves with Google's guidelines.

Visitors to Tarkan's site worried that this might be a hacker at work can rest assured that both Google and official sources have been contacted to fix the matter as quickly as possible.

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