If you have tried logging on to NDTV.com today, you will be met by a page by Google stating the above. Even if you were to type in the URL as shown in the image above - it will not let you proceed. And therefore, the site is not accessible at all. Even the Mighty NDTV is helpless in front of Google.
The following message is shown on the screen:-
Diagnostic page for www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv
What is the current listing status for www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv?
Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this website may harm your computer.
Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.
What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 833 pages that we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 6 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time that Google visited this site was on 2008-11-21, and the last time that suspicious content was found on this site was on 2008-11-20.
Malicious software includes 19 scripting exploit(s), 2 trojan(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 4 new processes on the target machine.
Malicious software is hosted on 6 domain(s), including douhunqn.cn, ppexe.com, 18.104.22.168.
2 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including douhunqn.cn, 22.214.171.124.
Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv appeared to function as an intermediary for the infection of 1 site(s) including purplefunnel.com.
Has this site hosted malware?
Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 1 domain(s), including purplefunnel.com.
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.
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NDTV.com has been blocked by Google for sending malicious viruses, trojans and scripting exploits.
Overall, I as a user of NDTV.com has been observing that the site has been flooded with adverts, pop ups and pop unders etc which have made using the site so cumbersome.
Every page you click on, there will a pop up. Even the sophisticated pop up blockers of Firefox are unable to block them.
For some time, they have been making the user experience sour, we have to see some kind of advert to read the content.
There are other newspapers like NYtimes and latimes - which also have to use adverts to keep their service alive. But NDTV has been the worst of the lot will all the malicious software being used to keep an eye on the online activity of the user.
Hopefully, the managers will take a lesson and also think about the online users and in the future enhance our web experience and improve the usability of the site.
This means stopping all the pop ups, malicious viruses, trojans and scripting exploits.
Lets us see what transpires.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
As a surgeon have you ever wanted to discuss the technical details of a procedure that you are going to perform or had a question which you wanted answering for a new procedure?
Now you can do that on a new video sharing website for surgeons only. VuMedi is a surgeon-only video sharing website where you can view, upload, and discuss surgical videos.
This is great news for all surgeons and surgical trainees as this is a surgeon only site where they can meaningful knowledge exchange and enhance their skils by learning from each others experiences.
If you have been to the likes of You Tube which is open to all, you will find that the site is inundated with meaningless and often random videos and comments. On VuMedi, you can always be sure to be watching the highest quality surgical videos and be engaged in truly worthwhile discussions with other surgeons.
Why should you register for VuMedi?
* As a surgeon you can share medical knowledge in videos and discussions, this enhances your cerdibilty among your colleagues and makes you popular. If the qulaity of discussion is excellent, other surgeons will come and ask you for your advise, making you an authority figure on that subject.
* You gain from the knowledge and experience of others.
* Networking - VuMedi can be used as a means of networking with other surgeons.
* Increasing Private Practise - Being an authority on one or more procedures, has other benefits like being reffered patients to take on by other surgeons who do not do that specific procedure.
What about patient confidentiality?
All surgical videos that are "de-indentified", or do not contain identifiable patient information, can be freely distributed. So before you upload your videos, you have to make sure to erase any identifiable information using any of the video editing softwars available on the market.
If a patient can be identified, you must receive permission from the patient to post this video.
Should I register annoymously?
Given the nature of the subject matter, it is crucial to understand the backgrounds of the surgeons with whom you are exchanging knowledge. Also, for all the reasons mentioned above, it makes sense to register with your full name and details.
The profile information is optional because some users desire this privacy. But if you upload videos or make comments in discussion, please fill out the details in your profile because it increases the overall quality of knowledge exchange.
If you are an active user, your feedback on the site will help others to sign up.