New worm spoofs Google, Yahoo and MSN sites

by admin October 1, 2005 at 2:02 am

Security experts have discovered a malicious program aimed at tricking users into clicking on phony search results on fake Google, Yahoo and MSN sites.

People with infected machines who try to visit those popular search sites are redirected to spoof versions, antivirus company Panda Software said Friday. The spoof sites serve up bogus search results intended to generate traffic and revenue for other sites that are presumed to be in on the scheme, said Patrick Hinojosa, Panda’s chief technology officer.

“This is a business; this is organized crime,” Hinojosa said. “People are making money on it.”

Representatives from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo did not immediately return inquiries for comment.

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