Hackers Buying AdWords Now?

    November 6, 2008
    WebProNews Staff

Gotta hand it to the Web bandits. Buying AdWords is a brazen new realm for them. A paid link leading to a dangerous malware-laden download targeted President-Elect Obama’s sweeping victory.

The ad, which according to the screenshot at security company Sophos blog achieved top placement for the keyword phrase “Obama win,” clicked out to a “rogue” site and a download prompt for an installer that is “100% checked by Antivirus.”

Despite that vague reassurance, downloading launches a PDF file to exploit an Acrobat Reader flaw and deliver a virus labeled Mal/PDFEx-B.

Hopefully nobody was click-happy enough to click that “Download now” button, especially since neither the paid ad nor the site it led to actually ever said what the user would be downloading. All the AdWords ad said was “Download Now” and Instant Download Download Now and Save Time.”

The text lets the reader assume what it would be related to “Obama win,” and imagine how much time they’ll save downloading whatever it is.  

Sophos says the ad has been removed since that sighting.