Google Asks for Help in Fighting Malware

3 Dec

From Ars Technica:

“Earlier this week, Sunbelt Software issued a report describing how malware creators use sophisticated page redirect techniques and forum-posting bots to increase the ranking of web pages that propagate their viruses. In response to growing concerns about search engine poisoning and the presence of malicious web sites in the Google index, the search company is calling for users to help out by reporting web sites that attempt to distribute malware. ”

“Sunbelt Software has uncovered tens of thousands of individual pages that have been meticulously created with the goal of obtaining high search engine ranking,” wrote Sunbelt malware research team member Adam Thomas in a follow-up to the initial report. “For months now, our Research Team has monitored a network of bots whose sole purpose is to post spam links and relevant keywords into online forms (typically comment forms and bulletin board forums). This network, combined with thousands of pages [with redirects], have given the attackers very good (if not top) search engine position for various search terms.”

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071202-google-crowdsources-malicious-web-site-detection.html

More:

Google Blog

http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2007/11/help-us-fill-in-gaps.html

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