NEWS: Final episode of Lost used as bait
PandaLabs is reporting that search engine poisoning is being used on the much-anticipated final episode of Lost. The idea, presumably, is that if you are potentially thinking of doing something illegal you are more likely to take risks and less likely to think carefully about exactly what you might be downloading. A similar argument is probably behind similar attacks using keywords including Glee, Family Guy and Iron Man 2.
There is nothing new about the way this infection operates. When someone searches for information relating to this series on the Internet, such as news on the final episode or how to view it through streaming, fake Web pages would appear which have been expertly indexed to appear in the leading positions among the results. If users click these links, they will be prompted to accept the download of a file, such as a codec, and a fake antivirus will be installed on the computers.
What continues to surprise us is the speed with which the numerous websites are created and then indexed and positioned on the Internet. As the screening of the final episode of ‘Lost’ approaches we expect the number of malicious links to double or triple.
Luis Corrons, technical director, PandaLabs