Washington: Google is set to regularly publish Internet security data on malware and phishing scams that infect computers and steal consumer information.
The effort by the search engine is intended to throw light on the number of viruses that are infecting Internet users` computers, and in helping keep sites that host them accountable.
According to the Washington Post, malware, or malicious software, can retrieve sensitive, private information.
The weekly reports will include the number of malware and phishing sites Google is detecting as its search-engine crawlers scan the web.
Google said it will give maps of where the viruses are created to show the global scale of the problem.
The data will be included in Google`s Transparency Report, in which the company also discloses government and law enforcement requests for user data, the report said.
Niels Provos, an engineer at Google, said the effort is to make the Internet a safer environment.
Google already sends notifications to Web masters and warns consumers against visiting affected sites in its search results and through its Chrome browser.
He said that the report was intended to warn sites that host viruses to respond quickly and clean them up.