Monday, April 30, 2007

Entrepreneurial hackers buy sponsored links on Google

Ad links sidetracked users, installed password stealer
A hacker scheme that involved buying search keywords on Google and then routing users to a malicious site when they clicked on sponsored links was revealed yesterday by a security company.

According to Roger Thompson, chief technology officer at Exploit Prevention Labs, the ploy involved sponsored links (the text ads that appear alongside search results on Google), a malicious intermediary and malware that steals online banking usernames and passwords.

"It's quite an investment on the bad guys' part," said Thompson. "Instead of just hacking into sites, they bought keywords."

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