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AdWords a Cause for Malware Attacks

Posted on 4.26.2007

Researches with secutiry software maker Exploit Prevention Labs are claiming to have found evidence that some AdWords advertisements are redirecting clicks through URLs that are installing malicious code into users' systems. They allege that legitimate businesses are being used by fraudulent ads to induce clicks, then redirecting users through a site to quickly install malware code before forwarding them on to the intended site. This happens so quickly, that end-users are unaware they have just been attacked.

Google relased this statement: "We actively work to detect and remove sites that serve malware to our users both in our ad network and in our search results. We have manual and automatic processes in place to detect and enforce these policies; we also encourage our advertisers to contact Google directly if they have concerns or detect suspicious malware."

But Roger Thompson, chief technology officer at Exploit feels that Google isn't doing enough. "Google says they are doing the best that they can, but their business model is to take as much money as they can for advertisements. No matter how much due diligence they do, it's a difficult position to be in, but clearly they are not doing enough," Thompson said. "If they don't do a better job of vetting their customers, we will see this sort of thing happening again and again."


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