Hackers Successfully Hijack Google AdWords
April 30, 2007 3:07 AM
comment(s) - last by
Cyber criminals purchased legitimate-looking links which attempted to install malware onto unsuspecting systems
Google recently admitted that hackers successfully hijacked AdWords, which allowed cyber criminals to use affected links to redirect users to web sites that contained malicious software.
Google immediately shut down the offending links once they were discovered early last week.
At least 20 specific search terms that appeared on Google as legitimate ads, redirected users to smartattack.org, which distributed the malicious code.
Users were sent to the legitimate site thereafter the damage was done
The flaw appears to only have affected users of the Microsoft Windows XP operating systems. The web exploit was discovered by Exploit Prevention Labs, a security firm.
They said they found the threat earlier this month when searching the phrase “how to start a business.”
One of the hyperlinks related to the search term led to a site that attempted to install a keylogger.
"This is an issue we've taken very seriously and will continue to monitor. We are evaluating our systems to ensure that the appropriate measures are in place to block future attempts," Google said.
It is unknown how many people were affected by the exploit. The Mountain View-based company declined to disclose which search terms were involved.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
5/1/2007 2:51:58 AM
Regarding the ad placed squarely in the center of this news piece. I know it's an ad. I know they can say what they want. Still, this statement keeps looking at me, and it's irritating:
"You can cure tired."
But you CAN buy chocolate hazelnut whipped cream.
So. To sum up:
Cure for tired:
Chocolate hazelnut pu- ah... I mean whipped cream:
Draw conclusions as you see fit.
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Tech's Biggest Loser on Tax Day: eBay Pays Nearly 99 Percent Tax Rate
April 15, 2015, 3:28 PM
Death and Dragons -- Report Claims Game of Thrones Hit by Piracy "Tidal Wave"
April 10, 2015, 8:37 AM
Court Blocks Twitter and YouTube in Turkey After Pro-Communist Attack in Istanbul
April 6, 2015, 10:53 AM
In Graphics and Quotes: $10.4 Billion Charter & Bright House Merger
April 2, 2015, 5:19 PM
WSJ Report Implies That Google Leveraged Lobbying to Kill Antitrust Abuse Probe
March 25, 2015, 5:37 PM
Nationalist Hackers From Turkey Cause Chaos, Deface Dozens of Sites
March 16, 2015, 12:29 PM
Most Popular Articles
Raytheon $1.9 Billion Purchase of Websense Raises Tough Questions
April 20, 2015, 1:57 PM
After Record-Setting Week, Samsung Predicts 70 Million GS6/GS6 Edge Sales
April 17, 2015, 8:39 PM
HBO to VPN HBO Now Users: Prove You Live in U.S. or We Will Terminate You
April 21, 2015, 12:17 PM
Testers Trolled by Promise of Uninstallable Windows 10 Preview Build 10061
April 16, 2015, 2:52 PM
Apple Plans In-Store Workshops to Teach Users How to Use Its Smartwatch
April 17, 2015, 1:02 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information