Google’s blacklist shuts down websites

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Sepp Blatter says he will resign from his position amid corruption scandal and is promising to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Sepp Blatter says he will resign from his position amid corruption scandal and is promising to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Small business websites are being crippled by an increase in cybercrime, but a hit by a hacker could also place them on Google's blacklist.

The search giant searches the web's 60-trillion URL's for malware and phishing scams.

If it considers a site suspicious, it can shut it down, freezing traffic until the problem is resolved.

Experts say this can affect a business's bottom line and also erode customer's trust.

Google says it doesn't “blacklist” sites, and protects about one billion people with its warnings about unsafe websites.

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