Bing Serves Up Five Times More Malicious Sites Than Google

Illustration for article titled Bing Serves Up Five Times More Malicious Sites Than Google

Not all search engines are created equal—and when it comes to Microsoft's Bing, it seems that means malicious websites are happily returned far more often than by Google.

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An 18-month project by German independent testing lab AV-Test reveals that Bing returns five times as many results which link through to malware infested websites than Google. The study considered a total of 40 million websites provided by seven different search engines.

Mercifully malware was fairly rare—across the 40 million sites, AV-Test found 5,000 pieces of malware—but the results did show that Google's search engine was safest, at least out of those tested. Most susceptible to malware was the Russian engine Yandex, but Bing faired only a little better, throwing up 1,285 malicious results compared to Google's 272.

Amusingly, most of these malware sites rank on the likes of Bing by using crude search engine optimization techniques. The researchers explain:

[T]hey first create a multitude of small websites and blogs before selecting the most frequently used search terms from top news stories and using backlinks to optimise these terms for search engines.

Moral of the story? Be careful about what you click through to. And don't use Bing. [AV Test via PC Mag]

DISCUSSION

johnny_ryall
johnny_ryall

so... 0.0032125% of searches turn up malicious sites on bing, or 1 of 32,000 searches?

You poorly generalize that Yandex was "only a little" worse than Bing, when if you're going to make a big deal of Bing being 5x worse than google, you should point out Yandex is 12x worse than google...not exactly "only a little bit".

I'm happy to stick with Bing, and keep on receiving $5 amazon gift credits every month just for using it.

I wonder what the ratio of malicious apps in the Android marketplace is compared to this.