Last Updated: 2007-11-28 23:06:30 UTC
by Mari Nichols (Version: 4)
Computerworld is reporting a "large scale, coordinated campaign to steer users toward malware-spewing Websites from Google search results is under way."
- They are quoting approximately 40,000 pages may be hosting malware.
- 27 different domains are involved.
- Each with up to 1499 malicious pages.
- Tactics Used per Sunbelt:
- "comment spam" - bots hide in comment sections with links
- "blog spam" -bogus blog posts
- plug links into any web form requesting a link
Please let us know if you are seeing this activity via our contact page.
Thanks, Mari Nichols
UPDATE: Google is not the only search engine affected. Yahoo and Microsoft Live and others are being subverted.
UPDATE: Google for one has cleaned up their database. They are currently no longer returning these .cn pages for the queries affected.
UPDATE: Live Search has submitted the changes necessary to yank these URLs from the database.