Google's War On Cyber-Crime
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 05/12/2007 17:00
"Don't be evil" isn't just Google's corporate mantra. Lately, the search giant has also applied its moral code to real evildoers: Web sites that use shady software to exploit unwitting searchers.
Over several days last week, Google removed thousands of pages from its search results that security software maker Sunbelt Software discovered were secretly infecting users with hidden malicious programs.
In a blog post on Tampa, Fla.-based Sunbelt's site last Monday, company researcher Adam Thomas revealed that search terms as seemingly innocuous as "how to train a dog to fetch" and "hospice" were returning links to sites hosted on Chinese domains and infected with malware. Users who clicked on the links became vulnerable to programs installed on their computers that were designed to steal bank codes, send spam and engage in click fraud.