Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Malware goes viral via search engines
But apparently, you can pretty much count on unsuspecting users to damage a computer. Here are some news reports on recent attacks that relied on social engineering to trick users into trouble. (Not to worry: we’re sending you to the news reports, not the malicious links.)
Darkreading.com picked up word that the recently deceased actor Patrick Swayze (star of Dirty Dancing) may also be suspect of poisoned search attacks.
And right on the heels came a similar attack on people searching for information on the California wildfires and the September 11 anniversary.
It’s not just fringe sites that are hosts to viruses. Recently NYTimes readers got ambushed by fake ads for antivirus software.
Meanwhile, on Facebook, users were alerted to the need for a “removal kit” to clean up an embedded virus on a Facebook application. Turns out the removal kit is the malfarious culprit, according to Computerworld.
Makes you wonder what it takes to get a geek to bite on a viral hook. Any other lines floating around out there?