Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hackers Take Advantage of the Holiday Season

As the Christmas season is now officially upon us hackers are poised to take advantage of our good cheer and generosity. Unbeknownst to the average consumer, hackers are using SEO (Search Engine optimization) in order to have their malicious sites pushed towards the top of search engine return queries.

The hackers have sites created with search terms like "Cyber Monday", "Black Friday", "Walmart Sales", etc. in order to have their polluted sites brought up when consumers are searching for deals on the Internet.

These sites will normally attempt to install malware through vulnerabilities located within the unsuspecting victims browser. The type of malware being installed could be anything, but its always financially motivated. This could be anything from fake-antivirus to trojan based code stealing credentials. Either way its bad news.

So if you're shopping on the Internet this holiday season stick to the sites you know are secure and valid. Don't go poking around for deals on the Internet this season, because if its to good to be true, it most likely is.

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