Google nixes malware attack

Summary:Google has eradicated those bogus malware sites from its search results.As noted by Sunbelt Software on Monday and Tuesday, Google search results were being gamed by hackers.

Google has eradicated those bogus malware sites from its search results.

As noted by Sunbelt Software on Monday and Tuesday, Google search results were being gamed by hackers. The goal: Get you to visit a malware loaded site.

Late Wednesday, Sunbelt followed up with a few more comments.

The takeaways:

  • Google nixed the malware sites from its search results;
  • The attack was apparently focused at Google;
  • And Sunbelt called the attack crafty.

Sunbelt's blog post has some specific JavaScript code worth checking out for those of you that know what you're looking at. Disclosure: I don't.

Sunbelt referred to the attack as SEO poisoning. I wonder if that's something we'll see more of in 2008.

Topics: Google, Malware, Security

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