Google has suffered a major Blackhat SPAM attack, specifically targeting searches of Ford and Nissan parts. Security firm PandaLabs has identified over 1 million SPAM links used to trick searchers into installing fake security software.
The scam works like this:
- Users search Google for an automotive “how to” term, something like “92 nissan pathfinder wiring diagram”
- Google results show a number of results from suspicious looking polish domains
- Users unsuspectingly click through to the site where they are prompted to view a video which instead downloads malicious software.
Just take a look at these search results below:
There are hundreds of thousands of potential searches which may be showing these results which becomes a major problem for Google. To their credit, they have now begun marketing some of these pages as malware, but a number of them still remain undetected.
My guess is that because these are such niche search terms, it’s easy for these spammers to attain top listings simply by optimizing their Title tag and writing a small amount of content. By using this strategy across potentially millions of search term variations, they have flooded Google with SPAM links.
This is one of the largest Blackhat SPAM attacks I’ve seen in a while, let’s hope Google can keep on top of these tricks and prevent them in the future.