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[ISN] MS security centre search poisoned with infectious smut
By John Leyden
11th July 2011
Microsoft has disabled the search results on its Security Centre after
malware-spreaders abused the function to promote shady pornographic
websites serving Trojans as well as cheap thrills.
Only the Security Section of Microsoft's website was affected by the
search-engine poisoning attack. Such attacks are often used to place
scareware portals and the like high in the index of searches for terms
in the news, such as royal weddings, celebrity deaths and natural
In the case of the Microsoft security search results, only searches for
a limited range of terms return links to dodgy sites. These search terms
include "porn" or "streaming" (a much more plausible search term for
someone visiting the centre and presumably looking for security-related
information rather than cheap thrills). Many of these sites are serving
up malware as well as smut, net security firm GFI Software warns.
"Since only specific terms are used, if you search using a different
term, say 'united nations', you'll get real, normal results," explains
Alex Eckelberry of GFI Software.
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