SEO Has Become Favourite Tactic For Malware Writers

The interest in prime time TV has become a favourite lure as of late, say experts.

Researchers are reporting that Sunday's Academy Awards and the upcoming premieres of new television shows are being targeted in search engine optimisation (SEO) attacks.

Security firm Sophos reported on Sunday that malware writers had loaded up their web pages with keywords relating to the awards in order to achieve higher placement in search results.

Upon visiting what they believed to be news sites about the awards, users were then subjected to a fake anti-virus scam which attempts to trick users into purchasing phony security software.

The Oscars were not the only bit of television programming being used to foist malware on users. Researchers with Sans reported that a similar fake antivirus scam was targeting searches for "Billy The Exterminator." The reality show follows a popular pest control expert and is set to premiere in the US tonight.

The targeting of current events and news items for malware infection has become a favourite technique for web-based malware attacks. Malware writers have long sought to lure in victims by capitalizing on interest in natural disasters, news events and cultural phenomena.

In recent years search engine optimisation has also become a favourite tactic as malware writers have sought to tailor their attack pages to current search trends.

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