Blackhat SEO Still Out There, Now Using Image Files

From TrendLabs Blog:

The U.S. midterm elections may have come and gone but cybercriminals have yet to cease related attacks on users eager for news on the turnout. As the Republicans take center stage, so do blackhat search engine optimization (SEO)-poisoned results.

Case in point, searching for updates on the U.S. midterm election results led to a poisoned link. This, of course, then led to the all-too-common FAKEAV warning prompt and fake scanning page.

What was interesting about this attack, however, is the fact that in addition to relying on keyword density and backlinks to increase a malicious page’s ranking, the cybercriminals also counted on related images to lead unwitting users into their trap. This was most probably done to trick search engines into increasing the doorway page’s ranking.

http://blog.trendmicro.com/blackhat-seo-still-out-there-now-using-image-files/

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