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Monday, April 30, 2007

Google deleting dangerous advertisements

Google has removed ads that appear alongside Google search results that re-directed users to malicious sites. Exploit Prevention Labs reported that malware distributors were using advertisements placed via Google's automated AdWords system to infect unsuspecting end-users with spyware designed to capture bank login user names and passwords.

McAfee's SiteAdvisor division found in a December report that 8 percent of sponsored results from top search engines AOL,, Google, MSN, and Yahoo can often lead to Web sites that contain spyware and scams. By purchasing ads that appear at the top of search results scammers get the visibility they need to drive traffic to their exploited sites.

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