Author Topic: Malicious/Spammy Google Queries  (Read 3557 times)

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August 25, 2009, 12:29:54 am
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MarcusB

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I do apologize as I'm not sure where to post this but I want to make this known.

I had some medical related queries I was researching on google. I was using Safari 4 which has the ability to offer Google Suggestions. So for example, I would query something like 'sinus tachycardia' or 'heart attack' or 'jock itch' and I noticed something that seemed strange. Google Suggest would always offer a suggestion such as '(Your query) + more condition_symptoms'. Well if you actually use the suggestion Google offered, you would get a list of returned results as you would expect. However, selecting one or ANY of the results returned for '(Your query) + more condition_symptoms', you would be taken to a spammed page. Either the page is just plain spam or a page that will redirect you to Rogue Security Software. Google marks some of the pages as Malicious. For example
http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://olympiamobiles.com/fru/viewtopic.php%3Ff%3D2%26t%3D169&hl=en

I'm not sure if Google Suggestions was gamed with a crappy suggestion or the spammer actually spammed so many websites that any result that is returned with the mentioned query, the user is taken to a spammed or redirecting website. Whatever the case is, I've never seen so much da.. spam returned from a query on Google!