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Top Google Search Items Under Siege
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 18:59

From DarkReading

Nearly 300 top search terms hit by 6,600 malicious URLs in the past seven days

Search engine optimization (SEO) poisoning continues to be alive and well, as an unusually large wave of these attacks have been spotted over the past seven days targeting 284 of the top Google search terms.

SonicWALL found 6,600 malicious URLs attacking the top search terms, including "what time do the oscars start 2010" and "disney princess half marathon," and that up to nine of these terms are under attack at any one time. Just over 60 malicious URLs for the princess query appeared on Google's top 30 search results between March 7 and 8, and 34 malicious URLs for the Oscars query.

Why the spike in malicious URLs? "Based on the search terms that we observed, this jump can be correlated with huge public interest in finding out news related to Oscar awards," says Deepen Desai, lead malware researcher for SonicWALL. "A major spike was observed during the weekend of March 6 to 7, 2010. At one point, there were 1,200 malicious URLs appearing in the first 30 search results for the top Google search terms -- and close to 50 percent of those were related to Oscars-related search terms.   [More...] [Comments...]



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