Google probably has the biggest market share when it comes to the business of online search engines and this inevitably resulted in much interest from hackers to find a way to get into the system and interfere with Google’s provision of result findings.
This information was shared by Symantec and what they said was that Google actually assist these hackers in attacking their own search engine due to Google’s breadth and speed of indexing.
Google Search And Hacking
Symantec is a security company operating through the Internet that provides storage as well as systems management solutions for domains. According to the company, the common problem faced by a number of Internet users today is the poisoning of links wherein fake links are being posted by these hackers leading people to false antivirus software that end up causing them damage. These kinds of fake software are what hackers utilize to infect computer systems, personal or corporate.
The company released a report on Rogue Security Software (check out the list) and it was mentioned how the people responsible for such attacks on the web are scam perpetrators that regularly resort to black hat search engine optimization techniques aiming to poison the results from search engines in order to increase the ranking of their respective scam domains on search engine indexes.
When it comes to a rogue security software program, this is simply a deceptive application pretending to provide legitimate security for users but instead provides little or no protection and even facilitates the installation of the malicious code it advertises to protect against in the first place.
Observation by Symantec
Through their own testing procedures, Symantec constantly observed search results and determines which ones were malicious and which ones were legitimate and from March to April 2010 they discovered several things from Google’s search results.
At any given hour, there were 3 out of the top 10 search trends and an average of 15 links, about 7.3%, from the first 70 results which contained at least one malicious URL. Poisoned search terms led to 68% malicious links in the first 70 results and almost all of these will transfer you to the scam antivirus websites. The hackers utilize a simple automated system that takes note of the popular search trends and use this to poison the results and so the important thing is to always be careful and of course be alert online, better yet — make use of free antivirus programs.