Search Engine Poisoning

Researchers Find Ads on Bing, Yahoo Leading to Malware Downloads

Searching on the Internet is fun. You can find videos of cats making meatloaf, cats playing the hammer dulcimer and cats reading Shakespeare while juggling eggs. Oh, and you can find malware, too. Lots of malware. Researchers at GFI Labs are good at finding that malware, and they’ve come across a number of advertisements in Yahoo and Bing search results that are pointing users who searched for Firefox, Skype or other popular software to malicious sites that instead serve up rootkits and other malware.

It didn’t take long before cybercriminals seized the opportunity to use
the death of actress Brittany Murphy to peddle malware in search engine optimization poisoning. Read the full article. [Help Net Security]

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