Poisoned search results – Super Bowl
Super Bowl search terms have been detected as poisoned search terms by zveloLABS™ Among the search terms detected are:
Super bowl 2010 score
Super bowl 44 MVPn
Super bowl 2010 entertainment
Super bowl champions 2010
For some of these searches, the top result is malicious. It seems that this round of poisoning is, so far, being done by the Rogue AV outfits as these links lead to sites with fake antivirus software and low detection rates from legitimate anti-virus software:
Poisoned search results are becoming commonplace. Most recently searching for information on the earthquake in Haiti returned large numbers of poisoned results. Getting bogus search results to the top of the rankings is commonly achieved by linking to the site from compromised sites or fake blogs and thereby boosting the apparent popularity of the bogus site. The bogus site is then used to compromise the machine of visiting users through social engineering tricks and browser or browser-plugin exploits.
zvelo’s automated systems quickly identify these risky websites and block them for customers and partners.
zvelo recommends confining Super Bowl searches to news search engines such as Google News. These results tend to be safer since the sources have gone through an approval process.