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Cyber Criminal May Exploit Google Instant

The security experts stated that on September 8, 2010, Google introduced its streaming search engine called 'Google Instant', which gives people instant, real-time search results, and also leads to search engine optimization (SEO) or blackhat SEO, as per reports by techeye.net on September 9, 2010.

Security experts explained that blackhat SEO threats usually work to make harmful websites links returned close to the top of searchers for topical terms. For several years, the problem has disrupted search engines and lately has become a crucial way to promote rogue antivirus (AKA scareware) scam portals.

Commenting on the security experts' concern, Sean-Paul Correll, Threat Researcher at security firm PandaLabs and a Founder of the malware Database, said that this new technology could improve the present Blackhat SEO campaigns, as per the news by theregister.co.uk on September 9, 2010.

He stated that most of the Blackhat SEO campaigns repeatedly query Google's trending topic results and now it appears that 'Google Instant' would recommend those trending phrases, potentially putting victims directly in hackers' way.

In order to support his views, Correll carried out a small experiment. The security expert states that when he typed "antivirus" in Google's search box with the latest real-time search engine technology enabled, he discovered that it returned 'Antivirus Solution Pro', a famous scareware pathogen or rogueware, as it leads to Google's search engine suggesting term.

The security experts believe that it is also interesting to know that the fourth recommended search term meant for the elimination of the same rogueware.

In order to avoid such search results of 'Google Instant' if unaware with the name of a recommended antivirus software (as in the above case), it is better to download an effective security software so that unnecessary can be quarantined at the earliest if such a case comes.

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