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Brittany Murphy's Death SEO Poisoning


Threat Type: Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code

Websense Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered that Google top searches on "Brittany Murphy death" will return rogue AV Web sites. The Hollywood actress died suddenly during the weekend. Users will be redirected to malicious domains if they click the matches with a referrer from search engines like Google. The malicious domains try everything to convince people that they are real AV software Web sites, so that users download and execute the fake software offered. There are now a lot of variants available, typically named install.exe, and at the moment it seems they haven't attracted much attention from AV companies.

Screenshot of Google top matches on "Brittany Murphy death":

Screenshot of a rogue AV site:

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