Tuesday, October 02, 2007

More google stuff

Hi folks,

Here is a video we made some time ago, and only recent decided to publish it, mostly because some other folk have noticed it too. It's called Playing Bait and Switch with the search engines. Basically what happens is that the Bad Guys create a new website and load it up with pages of keywords ... some porno, some startlingly innocent. They give it a week or so to allow all the search bots to find and index them, and then switch it out to either an exploit or a social engineering trick.

The result is that really innocent searches take unwary users to really dangerous places.





At 3:04 AM, Blogger Conrad Longmore said...

It might not be "bait and switch" exactly, it could just be cloaking so that the GoogleBot *always* sees the wordlists. Yes, that sort of thing gets you banned from Google pretty quickly, but these guys will just register another domain and repeat the exercise.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Roger Thompson said...

Hi Conrad,

Anything's possible, but I'm fairly sure that this was bait and switch. We can pretend to be a searchbot as well, and got no different results. And the google cache clearly showed the word lists.

I have to say I think it was clever of them.




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