SEO And Redirects Fuel Viruses

Hackers are using a combination of SEO and redirects on microsoft.com and irs.gov to install viruses on computers, according to Mark Williams, who summarizes a post from Gary Warner's blog to provide an example. Williams warns consumers that some links are being used to redirect consumers to pages not created either by Microsoft or the government agency.

These pages automatically attempt to load a virus onto the person's computer. "The final step is to use inbound links to insure that the URL pops up high in the search engine," Williams writes. "The criminal will write articles on various blog sites with links pointing to the bogus generated redirect URL." Google picks up the URL, because the Web sites for Microsoft or IRS have "good page rank," and lists the links high in the search query results.

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