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Apple Tablet Announcement Black SEO


Threat Type: Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code

Websense Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered that search terms related to the forthcoming Apple Tablet announcment have already become the latest target for Blackhat SEO poisoning attacks.

In the lead up to Apple's official announcement which is scheduled to happen today, there has been a great deal of anticipation and speculation over the Internet. As people become interested in finding more information on the product, related search terms are currently gaining momentum, and as they do so Blackhat SEO attacks are starting to climb up the search result listings.

Below is a screenshot from Google Trends showing how one of the targeted phrases by Black SEO "apple tablet announcement" is starting to gain momentum:

Black SEO attacks start climbing up in search ranks, clicking on such result leads to a Rogue Antivirus site:

The file in the rogue AV site has 30% detection rate. If the file is installed it reports non-existent infections and disturbs the user with on going pop-ups. In order to "clean" the system the rogue program is offered for a price:

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