Disasters are a boon to malware...

Disasters are a boon to malware...

Summary: When disasters strike, they aren't the only ones that claim victims. Malware gets a big boost...


Whenever there is a big disaster people rush to the Internet to find the latest news. But that can lead them into trouble because malware distributors will quickly put up web pages related to that disaster, but containing malicious code.

The recent earthquake in Chile is a good example of how malware distributors can add victims. Chester Wisniewski writes: Tsunami blackhat SEO begins

...any breaking news topic tends be exploited by hackers who use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to lure people to visit their malicious pages.

His search for "live Tsunami coverage" uncovered a link to a website infected with code that directs a user's browser to a site with malicious code on it. It was number 2 on his search results.

It's an example of how search engine optimization can be used for "black hat" purposes. And how malware distributors get a new batch of victims every time a disaster claims its victims.

Topics: Browser, Malware, Security

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  • Conscienceless

    These types of people (I use the term loosely) have no conscience whatever. Some of my colleagues think that my position advocating capital punishment upon capture and conviction is a bit extreme, but it would rid the planet of some truly useless individuals. I'd pay a substantial reward for the privilege of spending fifteen minutes in a locked room with one of these.