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Miscreants have set out to poison search results with links to malware infested sites via a new campaign. Users searching Google or other prominent search engines for sites referring to innocuous terms ranging from "alternative router firmware" to "cotton gin and slavery" are often confronted with a list of results where at …

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Anonymous Coward

Citation, please

"Search engines such as Google give priority to sites linked to from popular web destinations."

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Possible defence

Would using scandoo help to protect against some of the malware?

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Indeed.

Ah - alternative router firmware, cotton gins and slavery - three great tastes that go great together.

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On to. Two words.

I don't mind mobe and lappy, but please stop using *onto. There is no such word.

-A.

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Anonymous Coward

Citation supplied

Does http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank explain what you want to know?

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Onto?

Onto is a preposition. check word web.

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Anonymous Coward

Onto

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=onto-

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Google should be scanning sites

Seeing as Google spiders sites anyway, why aren't they also looking for well known exploits/viruses/Trojans at the same time. It's not too hard to imagine that being possible with their resources. They could flag or exclude questionable sites in their results or penalise the page rank. It's not like this isn't something you could automate, unlike - say - Google images, which must be more resource intensive to manage.

You might argue that they have some obligation to check that they aren't leading you into malware in much the same way a taxi driver should normally not drive you into a tree.

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======Conditions of exploitation

Your article assumes the victim:

[X] Uses Microsoft Windows [X] ...with Administrator access [X] ...without regularly visiting Windows Update [X] ...and turns off User Account Control (Vista)

The problem described was addressed:

[X] More than a month ago by a simple workaround [X] ...more than five years ago [X] By the current version of whatever has this problem [X] ...by the previous version

Reproducing and/or exploiting the problem requires:

[X] Clicking a malicious web link [X] ...while logged on as an Administrator

Exploiting the problem also requires:

[X] Google [X] Blogspot / Blogger / other major blog site

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Your article cites:

[X] A computer security firm

The quoted person / firm / organization:

[X] Has a fix for the problem for a price [X] Predicts the death of the Internet as a result [X] Has unearthed a diabolical conspiracy to destroy the Internet [X] ...or whatever

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On to is TWO prepositions.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/page/0,,184819,00.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/tools_and_services/specials/style_guide/article986733.ece

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