Keyword Searches For Tiger Woods Poisoned With Malicious Software Links
A user looking to see the commercial online would likely search “tiger woods commercial” – the search is heavily poisoned. Out of the top 7 search results, six lead to Fake Anti-Virus pages begging the user to install malicious software. The video results have also been poisoned to do the same.
With low anti-virus detection rates, users tricked by this attack have little to prevent them from installing downloaded malware. In fact, only 1 out of the 20 scanners on Jotti detected the payload as malicious.
Users should also be wary of any Masters’ related searches as these will also be a target of cyber criminals. zvelo’s proactive detection of these attacks protects any end-user within the zveloNET™ community. Any sites associated with these attacks are being flagged as malicious or compromised.
Additional Note: In this particular attack, the referring site is also important. If the user is not coming from Google, or presumably other search engines they will be redirected to cnn.com rather than the malicious site. zvelo has noted the use of this technique in the past, but it is interesting the attackers have chosen CNN for use in this campaign.