I read a newspaper article today in Malayala Manorama, Cochin edition that the Kerala Police have launched a specialized cell against cyber crimes in Kerala. Excited that I was, went on to search for the site on Google, and see what I found.
The Kerala government’s official cyber crime website is labelled as “malware infected” and “unsafe for browsing” by Google!
Further details from Google were as below.
What is the current listing status for www.keralapolice.org/newsite/?
Site is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer.
What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 1 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 07/19/2008, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.
Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, www.keralapolice.org/newsite/ did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.
Has this site hosted malware?
No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.
How did this happen?
In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.
This raises more questions than answers.
So, what happened to the site? Did someone hack into the site to install malicious software? If so, why isn’t Kerala Police cyber cell doing anything about it? What will happen to the public who visits the site? Aren’t their systems at risk?
Ironical isn’t it?