Black Hat SEO Campaign Targets iPad

By Brian Prince  |  Posted 2010-01-28 Print this article Print

As always, attackers are hard at work on the black hat SEO front. Today's target is the Apple iPad.

Search engine optimization poisoning is being used to rope users entering keywords such as "Apple Tablet" and "Apple iPad rumor" into downloading rogue security software. According to Symantec, the terms lead users to results from malicious sites such as, and

On its blog, a screenshot taken by Symantec showed the poisoned results were among the top 20 results appearing on Google. Such campaigns typically follow the news. For example, in the wake of the earthquakes in Haiti, scammers hit search engines with similar efforts to try to lure users to malicious sites.

Symantec says it detects the rogue security software associated with the Tablet results as Trojan.FakeAV!gen13. Network administrators can add and the IP address to a blacklist, as they are used in the attacks, Symantec advised. |

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