It appears as though Google as added bit.ly list of sites that aren’t safe to browse to. Bitly one of the top URL shortening service in the world, Most links of Facebook and twitter are shared in this form. Starting this morning many internet users are being greeted with this following message when accessing links that emanate from the popular link-shortening service:
While it seems like Bit.ly links are working fine on Safari and Internet Explorer, the problem was initially limited to Mozilla’s Firefox and Google Chrome.
Google itself states:
“Site [Bit.ly] is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer. Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 31 time(s) over the past 90 days.”
Google adds that from the 91,854 pages it tested on the site in the past three months, “669 pages resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.” This included 200 trojans, 185 exploits and 152 scripting exploits. There’s no word yet on what’s causing all Bit.ly links to be blocked.