Attackers Improving Search Engine Optimization to Push Rogue Security Tools

By Brian Prince  |  Posted 2009-10-06 Print this article Print

In an analysis of a rogue anti-spyware scam, AVG Technologies noted that just 24 hours after a news event, attackers had already gotten their malicious links into five of the top 10 Google search results. The incident highlights the challenges faced by search engines such as Yahoo, Google and Microsoft Bing.

Poisoning search engines results to trick users into visiting malicious sites is not a new tactic. But as an analysis by AVG Technologies shows, it can be very effective.

Examining a rogue spyware campaign that sought to take advantage of interest in the earthquake in Samoa last week, AVG determined that it took just 24 hours for attackers to get their malicious links in Google's top 10 search results.

"The first reports of the Samoan earthquake hit my inbox on Sep 29th at about ," blogged Roger Thompson, chief of research at AVG. "By about

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