Since tropical storm Ondoy hit the Philippine Capital on Saturday, attackers have wasted no time planting malicious pages claiming to host videos of the historic disaster. The city of Manila saw flooding on a level that hasn’t been seen in decades and the pictures are jaw dropping.
zveloLABS™ has been tracking compromised sites that host PageRank Bombs since 2008. The attacker hacks a site, but instead of putting exploits on the hacked site, they put links to other websites in order to boost the search result ranking on various search engines. Initially this was being used for ad sites, porn sites, and pharma fraud sites. Now, however, it is being used to boost the results of malicious sites, but with a new twist that targets Google users.