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Cyber-crooks find Olympics a Scope for Defrauding Web-surfers

With the Olympic Games 2012 coming close, several phony websites have surfaced apparently providing tickets for attending the events, including hotel rooms, inaugural ceremony as well as closing ceremony. This has been published in news on February 5, 2012. Security investigators from Websense the software and Internet security company discovered that the majority of the websites contained several back-links, indicating that they've been profusely distributed in bulk across the Net together with getting advertised through Google AdWords.

Notably, described as a hyperlink, a 'back-link' connects with one particular web-page. Both spam URLs and lawful websites frequently establish back-links to the maximum amount possible for drawing Web-traffic onto themselves, while the total back-links any website contains likely influencing the site's ranking within the list of search engine returns.

Specifically, according to the investigators, one URL resulted in 500 URLs having back-links within classifications like gambling, PUP (potentially unwanted program), adult material, malevolent embedded web-links, proxy avoidance, and doubtful embedded web-links.

Researcher Carl Leonard at Websense Security Labs says that the company has long been aware of cyber-crooks exploiting the most recent incidents for duping people into following malevolent web-links, while the Olympics is no exceptional. Thus, as excitement grips surrounding the sale of tickets pertaining to the Games, scammers find an opportunity to act. Accordingly, they've sponsored advertisements within Google, which actually take onto websites having 500 or so back-linking URLs connecting with malware, gambling or adult material, explains Leonard. DaniWeb published this on February 6, 2012.

Moreover, investigators state that usually the websites remain active for just 24 hours, despite that they continue to reap enormous monetary gain with no or little overheads. Thus, Olympic organizers are as well cautioning people for remaining vigilant about e-mail scams, which talk about Olympic lottery wins for them alternatively their eligibility for the Games' tickets.

Nevertheless, for verifying the authenticity of the Olympic 2012 tickets, i.e. whether they're official and will really enable to see the major international event, users should visit the authorized Olympic site rather than follow web-links embedded on replica sites, investigators from Websense caution. DaniWeb published this on February 6, 2012.

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