Millions of CO.CC sites banned by Google

By on July 7, 2011
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Freehost sites blocked for being “spammy”

More than 11 million sites in the .co.cc domain have been banned by Google for being too “spammy.”

The co.cc domain is a “freehost” owned by a Korean company. They allow users to register upto two domains for free. Google has used its right to block the whole domain as “we see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost are spammy or low-quality” says Matt Cutts, head of the Google web spam team.

The post on the Google Online Security blog says that sites on these freehosts “are often registered by the thousands at one time and are used to distribute malware and fake anti-virus products on the web. In some cases our malware scanners have found more than 50,000 malware domains from a single bulk provider”

The Register notes that the .cc, and especially the co.cc subdomain hosted twice as many phishing attacks compared to any other domain. The company co.cc says it currently hosts 11,395,499 sites. That would make it one of the largest domain extensions in the world today.

Google have previosuly asserted that they retain the right to block all sites on a server or a hosting company.

This situation appears to show the power and authority Google can command these days. Many people are questioning their judgement in blocking the entire subdomain when they could have easily blocked the infringing sites only. Fair point.

What do you think? Needed action or simply playing the schoolyard bully?


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