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Fake reviews land SEO companies in hot water

Fake reviews land SEO companies in hot water

They've flooded Yelp and other consumer review sites with puffery, and now they have to pay, to the tune of $350,000.

DarkSeoul: SophosLabs identifies malware used in South Korean internet attack

Internet attack hits South Korean banks and broadcasters

Computer networks belonging to South Korean TV broadcasters and at least two major banks have been disrupted by what some have suggested was a malicious internet attack originating in North Korea.

Is this the resurgence of Blackhat SEO?

Code snippet from the PHP SEO kit

Take a dive into some recent blackhat SEO attacks in this post to explore the facts behind the recent rise in reports of this threat. Site administrators in particular may be interested in some of the findings.

Blackhat SEO poisoning topping the charts

Mal/SEORed-A threat alert

Blackhat SEO attacks account for over 30% of all detections seen by Sophos customers protecting their web traffic.

Learn what you need to do at your company to protect yourself and your fellow users.

Defending against SEO poisoning attacks with Layered Protection

Defending SEO with Layered Protection

The use of search engine optimisation (SEO) for redirecting users to scareware sites is well known, but we also see the same techniques being used to redirect people to exploit sites. Take a look into some recent SEO attacks, and see exactly where the protection layers Sophos provide actually fit.

Scareware SEO attack exploits engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Scareware SEO attack exploits engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their royal engagement - but who's that waiting in the wings? Hackers poison search engine results to spread their fake anti-virus attacks.

The names and faces behind the 'onMouseOver' Twitter worm attack

The names and faces behind the 'onMouseOver' Twitter worm attack

It's been over 24 hours now since many Twitter users around the world found that their pages had become infested by messages spreading virally across the network. The victims High profile victims of the "onMouseOver" worm included ex-Prime Minister's wife Read more…

Twitter 'onMouseOver' security flaw widely exploited

Twitter 'onMouseOver' security flaw widely exploited

The Twitter website is being widely exploited by users who have stumbled across a flaw which allows messages to pop-up and third-party websites to open in your browser just by moving your mouse over a link. In a worrying development, Read more…

Somerset County Council website victim of Blackhat SEO and malware injection

Somerset County Council website victim of Blackhat SEO and malware injection

Sophos users over the past few months may have noticed that they haven't been able to access parts of the Somerset Information Exchange (SiX) due to instances of Mal/Badsrc-C on the site. The problems for the SiX microsite, hosted on Read more…

Blackhat SEO even targets researchers

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In the past week I've garnered a lot of press attention from my ongoing research into the Windows shortcut vulnerability. Apparently this has brought my name to the attention of the SEO poisoners who continually target Google. There were more Read more…

SEO techniques and malware: Don't move or I'll redirect!

Don't move - or I'll redirect!

Search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques have received a fair of attention recently, thanks mostly to their use in fake AV distribution. In this blog, I will describe an interesting piece of JavaScript I came across whilst investigating some SEO pages. Read more…

Blackhat SEO and Fake anti-virus - Like chocolate and peanut butter

Blackhat SEO and Fake anti-virus - Like chocolate and peanut butter

It's not exactly a new story that people are being hit hard by fake anti-virus, but I want to draw attention to the sophistication of their software and distribution methods. Many IT professionals I work with have had to clean Read more…

Events and blackhat SEO

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It's quite a busy month for Sophos. I am writing this from Berlin, Germany attending Sophos's annual sales conference. The weather hasn't been great, but as always it is good to see so many colleagues from around the world and Read more…

Automated SEO poisoning attacks explained

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We've talked many times on this blog about how hackers exploit hot trending news stories using blackhat search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques to poison search engine results. Often this is with the intention of spreading scareware (also known as fake Read more…

Technical paper: SEO poisoning attacks

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Regular readers will have seen numerous recent SophosLabs blogs describing how attackers are poisoning search engine results in order to hit victims with malware [2,4]. In recent months, these type of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) attacks have become a route Read more…

SEO blogger victim of malicious SEO attack

SEO blogger victim of malicious SEO attack

On Friday evening I was talking to a North American customer who had been fighting with infections caused by SEO poisoning. They mentioned a particular search term that could generate new samples of FakeAVs. The funny thing was that the Read more…

Old websites are also used in spam SEOs

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On Friday, I blogged saying that spammers SEO campaign. Working today, I went to check to see if the local police authority had cleaned up their old web page. So I wgetted the file and scanned it. It was no Read more…

Tsunami blackhat SEO begins

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Unfortunately, as Graham Cluley regularly blogs, any breaking news topic tends be exploited by hackers who use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to lure people to visit their malicious pages. Today's news of a large earthquake in Chile seems to be Read more…

Insight into fake AV SEO

Insight into fake AV SEO

Readers of the Sophos blogs will probably have seen the post Graham made about the 'killer whale video' SEO attacks. We have described SEO attacks before (for example here). In this post I want to highlight how these attacks are Read more…

Olympic SEO Poisoning

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A tragedy occurred on Friday morning when Nodar Kumaritashvilii of Georgia died during a luge training run for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. As we've seen with many other high profile deaths lately, it was only a matter of minutes before Read more…