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I am getting the solid red screen Chrome browser malware warning for Google's own URL shortening website, goo.gl as well as other sites such as bit.ly and delicious.com when I try to navigate there directly via the web (not mobile/tablet device) tonight.

example screen shot for bitly malware

This seems rather unlikely! What might be the cause?

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    I have a same issue, Google Chrome says malware on bit.ly when I try to visit my website – user59510 Oct 25 '14 at 10:21
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    Because at this time, it is highly probable that shortened links are malicious. Until these link shortening services start scanning their own product and eliminating malware links proactively, the problem will only get worse. – Fiasco Labs Oct 25 '14 at 16:37
  • I wish I had taken the screenshot for goo.gl as that was what really worried me! That is one of two of Google's short URL domains. The other is g.co (I think). – Ellie Kesselman Oct 25 '14 at 19:14
  • I think this question is similar to this answered question: security.stackexchange.com/questions/71627/… – StackzOfZtuff Nov 20 '14 at 12:00
  • @StackzOfZtuff Yes, thank you, for bitly, but why for goo.gl? – Ellie Kesselman Nov 21 '14 at 10:51
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Google's Diagnostic page says:
http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.

URL-Shorteners are often used to obfuscate malicious links. Google's own link shortener is no exception.

Maybe the safebrowsing blacklist overreacted and just blacklisted everything below goo.gl

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