A gang of hackers known as the Linkoptimizer Gang (aka Gromozon) upset Windows Live Search results in Italy last week by manipulating SERPs to return spurious pages, Symantec’s security blog reports. The manipulated pages apparently don’t contain malicious software as yet.
Google was targeted in 2006 by the same gang, in a scheme that attempted to install a Trojan.
How bad is the recent Googlebomb (or Live Bomb, if you think it more apropos)? The Gromozon gang selected a list of popular Italian keywords — including “translation lyric song,” “health subscription” and “model calendar” — then registered domains using other Italian words. From Symantec: