FAKEAV attacks use major news events to create SEO Poisoning Attacks

Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 11:10 AM by hwaldron

Trend Labs documents the danger in for searching popular news or security events.  Search Engine Optimization (SEO) poisoning attacks are a technique used to cause a malicious site to appear as the most popular and among the first in the list returned.  FAKEAV malware is currently one of the most popular attacks circulating as authors can automatically download these agents to unprotected PCs.  FAKEAV malware simulate anti-virus software, with aggressive false detection popups and requests for users to purchase cleaning capabilities for this fake product.

Cybercriminals Ride on the Back of Security Woes with FAKEAV

QUOTE: We regularly blog about how cybercriminals misuse newsworthy events in order to gain profit for themselves. In the past 24 hours, TrendLabs has tracked multiple FAKEAV attacks that try and trick users searching for help following the recent McAfee update 5958 incident.  This determination by cybercriminals to cause further problems and inconvenience to innocent end users and businesses is, in many respects, not surprising.  Users should, by now, be aware that trusting results from search engines is no longer as safe as previously thought. The clues we mentioned above can help users weed out legitimate results from suspicious ones.

What is an 'SEO poisoning attack'?


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