Inside The Opachki Link Hijacker Trojan

Opachki is one of many software tools developed by criminals to hijack and monetize Windows users’ search traffic using affilate-based search engines that are ultimately advertiser-sponsored, sometimes by well-known and respected firms. Instead of only hijacking search result links, Opachki attempts to hijack as many links as it can on any web page, using the text enclosed by the HTML HREF tag as a faux search phrase when redirecting the user to an affiliate-based search engine.  Read the technical analysis [Joe Stewart/SecureWorks]

Opachki is one of many software tools developed by criminals to hijack and monetize Windows users’ search traffic using affilate-based search engines that are ultimately advertiser-sponsored, sometimes by well-known and respected firms. Instead of only hijacking search result links, Opachki attempts to hijack as many links as it can on any web page, using the text enclosed by the HTML HREF tag as a faux search phrase when redirecting the user to an affiliate-based search engine.  Read the technical analysis [Joe Stewart/SecureWorks]

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