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  1. [News] [Rival] Hackers hijack web search results

    This story from the things that make one go "eeee-yuck" department:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7118452.stm

    Hackers hijack web search results

    A huge campaign to poison web searches and trick people
    into visiting malicious websites has been thwarted.

    (hopefully!)

    The booby-trapped websites came up in search results
    for search terms such as "Christmas gifts" and
    "hospice".

    Windows users falling for the trick risked having their
    machine hijacked and personal information plundered.

    The criminals poisoned search results using thousands
    of domains set up to convince search index software
    they were serious sources of information.

    [...]

    [Raimund Genes, chief technology officer at Trend
    Micro] said the booby-trapped websites discovered
    by Trend Micro tried to exploit several different
    vulnerabilities in Microsoft's web browser. The sites
    also attempted to stop the malicious software being
    spotted by intermittently scrambling the package before
    it downloads.

    [end excerpt]

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  2. Re: [News] [Rival] Hackers hijack web search results

    The Ghost In The Machine espoused:
    > This story from the things that make one go "eeee-yuck" department:
    >
    > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7118452.stm
    >
    > Hackers hijack web search results
    >
    > A huge campaign to poison web searches and trick people
    > into visiting malicious websites has been thwarted.
    >
    > (hopefully!)
    >
    > The booby-trapped websites came up in search results
    > for search terms such as "Christmas gifts" and
    > "hospice".
    >
    > Windows users falling for the trick risked having their
    > machine hijacked and personal information plundered.
    >
    > The criminals poisoned search results using thousands
    > of domains set up to convince search index software
    > they were serious sources of information.
    >
    > [...]
    >
    > [Raimund Genes, chief technology officer at Trend
    > Micro] said the booby-trapped websites discovered
    > by Trend Micro tried to exploit several different
    > vulnerabilities in Microsoft's web browser. The sites
    > also attempted to stop the malicious software being
    > spotted by intermittently scrambling the package before
    > it downloads.
    >
    > [end excerpt]
    >
    > --
    > #191, ewill3@earthlink.net
    > Linux. An OS which actually, unlike certain other offerings, works.
    >


    The risks you run by running Windows on machines which are connected to
    the internet are grave indeed.

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