Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/11/japan_tsunami_scareware/

Scareware slingers exploit Japan tsunami disaster

Aftershock, not

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 11th March 2011 14:20 GMT

Pond-life malware writers have wasted little time poisoning search results based on Friday's devastating earthquake in Japan with links to scareware portals.

Black-hat search engine manipulation was used to push sites offering fake security software high in the index of results based on the search term keyword "most recent earthquake in Japan", Trend Micro warns.

More attacks along the same lines can be expected, even though Google has done a good job of late in cleaning up its search indexes. Surfers are advised to go directly to recognised news sites. ®