Google Searches, a New Weapon for Spammers

By: Jesse Miller

Trend Micro researchers discovered spam messages containing links that are trying to appear harmless.

These links basically launch Google searches on a string of keywords chosen by attackers: http://google.com/search{character_string}btnl{charatcter_string}.

The spammers are trying to gain users' confidence because they are sending simple Google searches. And everyone considers Google a serious site and Google searches as serious means of surfing. Nevertheless, when clicking on the respective link you won't get a search list. Instead a webpage will automatically open.

The string btnl you can see in the web address above is equivalent to the "I'm feeling lucky" button on Google. As you know, whenever you choose to mark "I'm feeling lucky" Google will automatically direct you to the first most relevant search result on the keyword you entered.

At this point, all that spammers have to do is to make sure that their page ranks first in Google's list. It's quite simple to accomplish this, they basically copy some text from their pages and make Google perform a search on that exact text.

So, they are making use of the advanced functionality of Google trying to get credibility and gain visitors. Most of the times they aren't looking for simple visitors unfortunately, they simply want you to access their infected web page, so they can infiltrate Trojans or worms into your machine.

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GecadNet announces that the trend micro protection for any sort of web threats is capable of blocking dangerous content on web pages, stopping this way the infesting process even before it gets launched. Still, users are advised not to access links they are getting along with spam messages, no matter how interesting or harmless they might appear.

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