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posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 07:32 AM
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Hackers hijack web search results


news.bbc.co.uk

While computer security researchers have seen small-scale attempts to subvert search results before now, the sheer scale of this attack dwarfed all others.

"This was fairly epic," said Alex Eckelberry, head of Sunbelt Software - one of the firms that uncovered the attack.

Mr Eckelberry said tens of thousands of domains, many based in China and only a couple of days old, were used in the vanguard of the attack.
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posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 07:32 AM
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We all know this happens often, for what this report is say though this one was much larger then all the others. That is a sign that this is not going away, and its getting worse. Some of the searches that were poisoned were "hospice" and "Christmas gifts". All I can say at this pint is I hope none of the fellow ats people got hijacked.

news.bbc.co.uk
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posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 07:38 AM
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"cotton gin and its effect on slavery" got me. The bottom search result is the dodgy site. But running Firefox rather than IE, I've got nothing to worry about.



posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 07:51 AM
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Thanks for posting.
Running fire fox, is that still used through windows? Just asking because the report said it is looking for holes in windows.



posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 09:34 AM
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This was discussed earlier in this thread:
Search Google, Click to Massive Malware Attacks?

I just want to add a bit to watch_the_rocks' suggestion though -- use the NoScript extension. It disables the malicious scripts they might hide within the hidden IFRAME of a bogus web-page.

NoScript

Check it out. I feel naked and vulnerable on the 'net without it.



posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 11:02 AM
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Ya Firefox is a browser based on the Mozilla build for windows. Its customizable, with user built scripts coming out all the time.


Websites loaded on these domains were booby-trapped with malicious software that looked for vulnerabilities in copies of Microsoft's Internet Explorer used to browse them.


Seems the hackers targetted "Unpatched" Internet Explorer users.

Firefox 1, IE 0



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