Malware Now Hides in Search Results

Victims of malware infection often have little chance of researching what has hit them using search engine results, security company Prevx has discovered.

The company analyzed 250,000 malicious file names from a total database of 30 million listed by search engines during 2006, and found that a growing number were using clever file-naming techniques to avoid easy search detection.

Tactics included mimicking common file names to avoid searchers noticing them, using customized file names that changed after specified numbers of PC infections, and exploiting the time it can take search engines to update, commonly believed to be more than a week in some cases. Malware Now Hides in Search Results - Security Feed - News - CSO Magazine

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 12th January 2007 2:17AM