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BHSEO Attacks on the Rise during 2012 Olympics, Cautions Trend Micro

Trend Micro is cautioning the London Olympic Games' enthusiasts about an enormous increase in malevolent operations especially through BHSEO (Black-Hat Search Engine Optimization) tactics which are causing increased malware getting disseminated on the Net.

For, on performing online searches through various search engines, the security company found that keywords like "watch london olympics online," "watch london olympics opening ceremony live," "watch London olympics 2012 live" and "watch London Olympics online" returned several malicious websites.

It (Trend Micro) noted that examining a few of the websites caused diversions onto phony live telecasts that supposedly were of the ongoing London Olympics as also, those websites depicted web-links for purchase of inexpensive though fake tickets.

Subsequently, additional bogus websites providing live telecasts diverted onto yet another website that asked for the user's e-mail id. According to the security company, this involved dual potential threats. One was exposure to e-mail-borne viruses or spam, while the other was one potential connection with at least one among the numerous filched passwords captured during 2012 alone. As, a lot of websites utilized the electronic mail id similar to their usernames, and plentiful Web-surfers utilized a common password for a number of accounts, Web-intruders who had the stolen login particulars could make matches between the e-mails as well as the passwords thereby enabling admission into more accounts.

Expectedly, the fake live-broadcasting websites generated the false codec scams wherein Web-surfers are directed for taking down one given codec so they can watch a mentioned broadcast. Typically, this codec in the bogus live-broadcasting websites actually is malware.

Hence, surfers must be cautious, urge security experts.

Disturbingly, Blue Coat another security company too, similar as Trend Micro, report about corrupted Olympic themed hits on search engines; though popular events or names aren't targets aimed at naturally, observes the company.

Meanwhile, Director of Product Marketing (EMEA) Dave Ewart at Blue Coat notes that black-hat criminals are currently targeting celebrities and athletes who're not so famous while shifting away from widely commemorated occasions, even as SEO corruption continues to be the top medium through which malware is being disseminated. Scmagazine.com.au published this dated August 3, 2012.

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