FYI...Scammers - Google Images - malware
May 6, 2011 - "A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a single tainted digital image may be worth thousands of dollars for computer crooks who are using weaknesses in Google’s Image Search
to foist malicious software on unsuspecting surfers. For several weeks, some readers have complained that clicking on Google Images search results directed them to Web pages that pushed rogue anti-virus scareware via misleading security alerts and warnings
. On Wednesday, the SANS Internet Storm Center posted a blog entry* saying they, too, were receiving reports of Google Image searches leading to fake anti-virus sites
. According to SANS, the attackers have compromised an unknown number of sites with malicious scripts that create Web pages filled with the top search terms from Google Trends. The malicious scripts also fetch images from third-party sites and include them in the junk pages alongside the relevant search terms, so that the automatically generated Web page contains legitimate-looking content. Google’s Image Search bots eventually will index this bogus content. If users are searching for words or phrases that rank high in the current top search terms, it is likely that thumbnails from these malicious pages will be displayed beside other legitimate results... Rogue anti-virus scams almost invariably rely on malicious scripts that can be blocked by the excellent Noscript add-on for Firefox, which lets you decide which sites should be allowed to run scripts.If you happen to stumble upon one of these fake anti-virus security alerts
, stay calm and avoid the urge to click your way out of it
. Instead, simply hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete (Task Manager), select the browser process you are using (firefox.exe, iexplore.exe, etc.) and shut it down
Last Updated: 2011-05-04 08:04:42 UTC
If someone was told there's a minefield out there, and also the area where it was located, why would anyone choose to go through it anyway? 'Don't know, but they do.
Common sense dictates avoidance, at least - look for another way to get whatever it is you're looking for. There are -always- alternatives...
... until things calm down
and they get a handle on fixing the problem.