NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, June 17, 2013

Rogue Headlines in Google News Posted by Sean @ 09:12 GMT

A spam campaign is currently abusing Google News.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) black hats are injecting "jailbreak" headlines into an iOS thread.

Google News

Here's a view of the full coverage:

Google News, Full coverage

The so-called "news" link readers to schemes offering iPhone jailbreaks.

Unlock iPhone spam

Here's an iPhone view:

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The good news: it appears that current SEO abuse is limited to spammers.

The bad news: where spammers go — exploit kits are surely soon to follow.

Let's hope Google's search engineers plug this hole quickly.