zveloLABS™ has been tracking search results on the story, and the NCAA Basketball Tournament in general, uncovering a great number of poisoned search terms. Searches for UNI Basketball or star player Ali Farokhmanesh return dangerous results leading to malware.
7 out of the top 10 results for UNI Basketball link to malware including the second result.
The rogue anti-virus payload has very low detection among anti-virus vendors. zvelo proactively detects and blocks blackhat SEO and search attacks similar to these using its automated systems and in-depth web site analysis. Any sites found are flagged as Compromised or Malicious, protecting OEM’s end-users within the zveloNET™ community.
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