The number of phishing attempts continues to grow each year and really has gotten out of hand. In fact, Wikipedia says that about 100 billion spam messages (as of June 2007) are sent each and every single day. To put this into perspective, that accounts for about 80-85% of all incoming messages that a user receives in a days time. As the number continues to grow, more and more preventative measures are being put in place to help keep people from becoming victims of the phishing attempts. Most of us these days can rely on web browsers like Firefox and Opera to help alert us when needed, but sites like Google are also getting in and finding ways to protect their users.
One of the many ways Google is helping to protect their users is a new phishing warning that shows up if someone attempts to visit a site that is used for phishing by clicking on a link in the search results. The warning you’d receive (image from Google Operating System) tells you that they suspect web forgery and that the user should return to the results page and pick a new result.
While this is another nice extra layer of protection, our only question is why Google would even display a phishing site in the results if they already knew that it was a problem?