Poisoning the search engine well

Cyber criminals are tainting search engines optimisation by using botnets to distort the 'best result' of a search, leading users to false, malware ridded links.

Last year was the year of the malware network. These complex, shifting infrastructures last beyond any one attack and allow cybercriminals to rapidly adapt to new vulnerabilities and repeatedly launch new attacks on corporate networks. Malware networks, or “malnets”, go to where the action is – popular destinations such as search engines and social networking and with the malnet infrastructure already in place, cybercriminals can infect multiple users with minimal effort. Consider this – two-thirds of all cyber attacks in 2012 will be launched via malnets. 

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