NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, December 21, 2009

Brittany Murphy SEO Posted by WebSecurity @ 09:20 GMT

Just a quick note — the sudden death of Hollywood celebrity Brittany Murphy last Sunday (BBC report here) has prompted a spike in searches on the subject — and of course, an SEO attack.

Users who click on a poisoned search result link will be redirected to a website that will display a scare message trying to panic users into downloading rogue AV software:

Screenshots of the rogue AV:

Brittany Murphy SEO

Brittany Murphy SEO

We detect the rogue AV as Trojan-Downloader:W32/Fakevimes.T.

Absolutely bog standard SEO attack — but still worth a warning to those who might be looking for more news on the event.


WebSecurity post by — Chu Kian