Symantec warns of rigged Google search links

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Nov 6, 2007

Advanced search options lead clickers straight to junk sites.

Spammers have found a novel use for Google's advanced search options and 'I'm Feeling Lucky' function, using a combination of website setup and custom searches to create genuine Google search links which will lead directly to their sites.

Spams have been spotted by researchers at Symantec containing links to the Google search engine, with complex search details appended, including 'inurl' and 'intext' information which guarantee the search will turn up a 'googlewhack', a single page return. The links also carry data indicating the use of the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button, which leads from searches to a random - or this case less than random - page from the outputted results. The examples seen lead to replica watch and jewellery sites.

More details and examples are at the Symantec blog here.

Posted on 06 November 2007 by Virus Bulletin

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