Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Finjan Cybercrime Intelligence Report - First Issue

In the first issue of its Cybercrime Intelligence Report for 2009, Finjan shows how rogueware affiliate networks use SEO techniques to distribute their rogue Anti-Virus Software for profit. Typos and misspelled keywords (such as “obbama” and liscense”) as well as trendy keywords taken from Google Trends system were abused to show compromised websites as top search results. Subsequently, the traffic volume to the compromised websites increased significantly luring masses of potential buyers to the rogueware offering. Members of one of the researched rogue affiliate networks were rewarded for each successful redirection, which accumulated to (illegal) earnings of $ 10,800 a day.


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