Months ago I posted a piece entitled “Remembering One Girl From Minsk – October 26, 1941.”
Don’t look for it.
The post was one of my most popular writes long term. Without fail the piece would get a number of views almost daily from readers around the world. Many of the viewers were located in Germany or Eastern Europe. It had five from Germany yesterday.
The post was about a 17 year old Jewish resister to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. She was caught by the Gestapo and publically hanged along with two others – a 16 year old boy and a World War I veteran – from a cross bar in front of a brewery. The post included pictures of her, being paraded through the streets of Minsk and her execution; the pictures were taken by Lithuanian collaborators.
As background, I use Google Chrome as my browser.
Today when I clicked on this particular post to ensure it was still in good shape I saw a red sign with a large “X” and a message from Google:
“The site ahead contains malware
Attackers currently on “holocaust research project.org” might attempt to install dangerous programs on your computer that steal or delete your information (for example, photos, passwords, messages, and credit cards).
Google Safe Browsing recently detected malware on toritto.wordpress.com. Websites that are normally safe are sometimes infected with malware. The malicious content comes from “holocaust research project.org”, a known malware distributor.”
I have changed the exact title of the link so that no one who reads this clicks on it – I presume you would get the same message – if you were on Google Chrome. You might not get a warning on other browsers.
I have checked all my other pages and all looks normal. Google advises the malware attack occurred on October 7 on this one particular post and that the culprit does not appear to act as a third party, passing information gathered on to some other site. I have a sophisticated virus protector to which I am connected on line and I have no indication at this time my computer has been infected.
Now why would a “holocaust research project” be a “known malware distributor”? Why pick on my site? And why this particular post after all these months? I mean, the traffic on it was good but its all relative. It’s good for me.
In any case I have taken the page and the post down so don’t look for it. Be assured if I run into any such problem again I will promptly warn my readers.
Comes the anniversary, I will type up a completely new page to ensure it is clean and re-post it – for Anya. Thank you for your continued support.