Earlier this week, Internet Explorer 8 started blocking access to completely harmless sites, claiming, “This website has been reported as unsafe.”
While some good sites go bad from time to time, typically infected with subverted iFrames and bad advertisements, IE8 was blocking sites that didn’t have any ads — Visa.com, for one, as well as MoneyTreeInc.com and SalesAspects.com. It also looks like many (if not all) sites that use Telerik’s RadMenu under Microsoft’s ASP.Net were blocked.
It’s still too early to tell, but as best I can discern, all of the sites I can find that triggered IE8’s alarms were running Windows Server and IIS. [Read more…]