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Hackers Buying AdWords Now?
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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.”

Cutts Nips Net Neutrality Conspiracy Theory

Be careful with Google conspiracy accusations; Matt Cutts might make an example of you. After being accused of blocking anti-Net Neutrality pages on the Progress and Freedom Foundation site, Cutts gloats over data to the contrary on his blog.

Brett Glass, via Dan Farber’s Interesting People mailing list, discovered only pages on PFF.org’s website pertaining to Network Neutrality were flagged by Google as hosting malware. Once flagged, Google gandalfs the old "you shall not pass" command, barring searchers from accessing the infected page via search results.

China, Google Share Top 10 Most Infected List
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If you go down StopBadware.org’s top ten most malware infected network list, you’ll notice a pattern: the first four are Chinese. While the critic may find that unsurprising, number five on the list, Google, Inc., is worth a double take.

Google isn’t just one of the founders of StopBadware.org, it’s also a member. The company, in a weird twist, is also its own target. Google has its free blogging service Blogger to thank for all that junk gumming up its own network. Out of over 200,000 websites discovered to be infected, Blogger returned 4,261 infections.

Oops, Google Malware Review Form Working Again

Webmasters this week were greeted with an "oops, not working" error when they tried using Google’s Malware Review form.

The form that was introduced last year in August to help webmasters solve issues of malware or badware, faced some technical problems this week and this was first reported at around 1 am on May 15th.

1% Of Google Search Results Still Contain Malicious Content

Last Tuesday, Google published a report stating that web browsing and searching are increasingly becoming risky. Google for a year and a half now has been identifying web pages that infect vulnerable hosts via drive-by downloads, i.e. web pages that attempt to exploit their visitors by installing and running malware automatically.

Google Says Malware Is a Growing Problem

Research by Google’s anti-malware team found more than three million unique URLs on more than 180,000 Web sites that automatically install malware.

Niels Provos

Beware of New MySpace Malware

Security Watch is reporting a new MySpace security issue that could reasonably make someone’s day unhappy. The idea behind the hack is to send an authentic looking patch from Microsoft to a person’s computer, once they have clicked on a link to view a person’s profile.

Zango’s Got a Secret Crush on Facebook
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Zango’s at it again, showing the company will stoop to any level to serve pop-up ads to people that don’t want them. What’s being dubbed by security experts as a malicious social worm is brought to you via Zango and Facebook’s open platform.

Bhutto Assassination Draws Malware Scammers

Blogger links that purport to lead to video of Benazir Bhutto’s last moments alive go to a fake video codec and an all too familiar exploit.

Google Removes a Ton of Malware Sites

Google has expunged more than 40,000 websites from its search index, removing a ton of sites because they contain malware.

No Malware on Google Results?
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Google has taken steps to remove malware websites from its search results, according to a ComputerWorld article released Wednesday.

Google Scrubs More Malware From Index

Google has shown itself to be the strong, silent type, and quick, too – in about two days’ time, the company cleaned up what one individual called “massive amounts of malware redirects” without bothering to say a word about it.

Malware Draws More Attention To DoubleClick

Compared to murder, malware isn’t so bad.  It’s not exactly good, though, and in a development that can’t please Google, it’s been connected to DoubleClick.

IndiaTimes.com Exposes Visitors To Malware

Visitors to the Web site of the IndiaTimes.com were exposed to malware, according to a ScanSafe advisory.

PDF Potentially A Malware Vehicle

Proof of concept code demonstrated to Secure Computing showed how Adobe’s popular Portable Document Formet could become a massive attack vector for malware distributors.

Bank Of India Site Co-Opted By Malware

Although Alex Eckelberry of Sunbelt Software believes fully patched IE and Firefox systems should be safe from the corrupted Bank of India website, it’s probably best to avoid the site until a massive malware problem has been corrected.

New Malware Fakes Google Home Page

A couple of very obvious tipoffs should make it apparent to regular Google visitors that a malicious version of the search engine’s home page has been substituted for the real thing.

Malware in Advertising

One of the more interesting attacks or hacks coming out the hacker’s world is the idea of malware embedded in advertising.

Google Updates Webmaster Malware Reviews

Webmasters whose sites have been flagged in Google’s search results as being potential links to malware have a new process for updating their listings after cleaning the site.

Africa, Iraq, Cuba Safer than US for Sites?

Google launched its Online Security Blog this week. Their first post took a look at compromised websites and malware around the world.

Some People Will Click On Anything
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Pose whatever theory you like as to why, but an AdWords experiment revealed that people will click on just about anything – even if the ad tells them their computer will be infected with a virus if they do.