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Search engine results increasingly poisoned with malicious links

Malware threats in search results are getting worse despite the best efforts of Google and other vendors. The number of infected results has been increasing year by year since 2013 despite the application of multiple tools and technologies designed to exclude dodgy links, according to a study by independent anti-virus testing …
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2016

MS privacy policy website subverted to pimp gambling sites

Microsoft's privacy and surveillance policy micro-site has been hacked to promote gambling sites. The Digital Constitution site – launched two years ago in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks – offers a platform for Microsoft's stance on privacy issues and government surveillance. But, earlier this week the site was modified …
John Leyden, 19 Jun 2015
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WHY would survey-slingers give YOU a free $1,500 Google Glass?

Credulous punters' desire to get their hands on Google's new Project Glass head-mounted display is already being used against them by cyberscammers. The Chocolate Factory's augmented reality glasses may be still at the prototype stage, but cybercrooks have latched onto the recent release of a demo video with their own cyber- …
John Leyden, 4 Mar 2013
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Bing is the most heavily poisoned search engine, study says

Bing search results are more affected by poisoning than those of other search engines, according to a study by SophosLabs. Search engine poisoning attacks are designed to skew results so that dodgy sites - anything from malware infected websites to payday loan sites - appear prominently in the index of sites related to popular …
John Leyden, 8 Oct 2012
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Scareware slingers stumped by Google secure search

Last month Google made secure search the default option for logged in users – mostly to improve privacy protection. But there is a beneficial side-effect - it is harder for fraudsters to manipulate the search engine rankings of scam sites. Users signed into Google are now offered the ability to send search queries over secure …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2011
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MS security centre search poisoned with infectious smut

Microsoft has disabled the search results on its Security Centre after malware-spreaders abused the function to promote shady pornographic websites serving Trojans as well as cheap thrills. Only the Security Section of Microsoft's website was affected by the search-engine poisoning attack. Such attacks are often used to place …
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2011
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Scareware slingers exploit Japan tsunami disaster

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 …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011
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Scareware scammers booby-trap worried Koreans

Korean language search terms for the cross-border clash between North and South Korea are already been poisoned so that scareware portals appear prominently in results. The use of black hat search engine optimisation techniques is designed to expose surfers to fake anti-virus scans that warn on non-existent threats in a bid to …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2010
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Hackers hop onto royal engagement search results

Knaves, scoundrels and traitors to the crown took only minutes to leap onto yesterday's news of the royal engagement in a bid to expose sentimentally patriotic surfers to malware. Links to malicious sites appeared prominently in Google searches for Kate Middleton. Malicious downloads are offered to surfers under the guise of a …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2010
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Royal Family engagement creates scareware opportunity

The British Royal Family launched the biggest scareware marketing opportunity for months on Tuesday when Prince William announced plans to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year. Cybercrooks commonly manipulate search results for newsworthy items to point surfers towards scareware portals that warn of non- …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2010
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No-good scareware varmints exploit Wild West game

Varmints are exploiting interest in a treasure hunt tied to popular Wild West-themed game Red Dead Redemption to lay scareware traps. One aspect of the game is a treasure hunt, which features cryptic clues and drawings linked to landmarks in the gameworld where hidden virtual bars of gold might be found. Surfers looking to …
John Leyden, 2 Jun 2010
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Cybercrooks befuddled by Icelandic volcano name

Scareware slingers have balked at using the name of the Icelandic volcano that this week has prevented planes flying across much of Europe as a theme for search engine manipulation campaigns because its name is simply too complicated. Distributors of rogue security software can normally be relied upon to latch onto any item of …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2010
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Scareware sellers fool Google with file switch

Cybercrooks have developed a new technique for manipulating search engine results in order to promote the crud they sell, such as scareware packages. Hackers first place benign pdf files on web pages they are seeking to promote, before replacing these documents with booby-trapped Flash files once a new site has been indexed. …
John Leyden, 5 Mar 2010
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Twitter hits fan as scams smite banks, cabinet ministers

The Twitter phishing attacks from earlier this week stepped up a gear on Friday with huge volumes of spam from compromised accounts, some of which belonged to UK cabinet minsters and even a bank. Pwned micro-blogging accounts include high profile targets such as Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change …
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2010
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Scareware scammers exploit Brittany Murphy's death

Actress Brittany Murphy's sudden death, just like Michael Jackson's untimely demise before her, has quickly been exploited by scareware scammers. A spike in searches on Murphy's death has been taken as a theme for Black Hat SEO attacks, designed to push sites that have been hacked to redirect surfers to scareware portals into …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2009
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Google Doodle poisoned by scareware slingers

Scareware slingers have begun hiding links to rogue anti-virus sites behind Google Doodle. The development leaves surfers who click on Google's picture of the day at risk of being exposed to sites that run fake security scans, before strong-arming users into buying worthless software in order to clean-up non-existent security …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2009
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Scareware tool dumps smut on Windows PCs

Rogue anti-virus slingers are getting even sneakier. Instead of offering to clean up non-existent malware threats as per the traditional approach, one rogue scanner offers to clean up images of porn it claims to have found on a prospective mark's PC. In reality, these images get downloaded by the purported clean-up package …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2009
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Scareware scams spill onto Skype

Scareware spreaders have started to use Skype to spread their cash-sapping crud. The VoIP channel has joined malicious manipulated search results, malicious online advertisements, Facebook messages and iFrame contaminated sites as a means to spread rogue "anti-virus" software scans. Sean-Paul Correll, a security researcher a …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2009

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