Worms turn on Google to hunt for victims

    Date15 Feb 2006
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    Malware authors are increasingly creating digital pests that use Google to find their next victim. Using the search tool for automated vulnerability detection is the latest trend in a technique known as 'Google hacking'. George Kurtz, senior vice president for risk management at security firm McAfee, told vnunet.com about the phenomenon after a presentation at the RSA Conference in San Jose.

    The Santy.a worm, for instance, targeted a known vulnerability in some versions of the phpBB open source bulletin board application to deface websites. It found its victims through an automated Google search query.

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