Google on Tuesday said it will begin to regularly publish Internet security data on malware and phishing scams that infect computers and steal consumer information.
The effort is intended to shed light on the sheer volume of viruses that infect computers and on where they originate, and to help keep sites that host them accountable. Malware can retrieve sensitive, private information. Viruses and email phishing scams can hobble businesses and are among the top tools used for identity theft, security experts say.
The weekly reports will include the number of malware and phishing sites Google detects as its search-engine crawlers scan the Web. The company said it typically finds about 10,000 such sites a day.