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News Beware How You Google

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by GreatOldOne, 28 Apr 2005.

  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Do you know where your browser is taking you?

    Miss-spelling a URL is dangerous enough, what with the possibility of accidental *ahem* 'adult' sites croping up on work / college network logs or whilst the significant other or boss is stood behind you... However the only damage this causes is red faces. Until now - virus writers are taking the idea of site typosquatting and using it to download payloads that are more destructive than the average picture of a naked lady. This from eWeek:

    A simple misspelling of Google's domain name could lead to a Web surfer's worst nightmare.

    In a new twist to the old practice of "typosquatting," virus writers have registered a slight variation of Google Inc.'s popular search-engine site to take advantage of any users who botch the spelling of the google.com URL.

    The malicious site, googkle.com, is infested with Trojan droppers, downloaders, backdoors and spyware, and an unsuspecting user only has to visit the page to be at risk of computer hijack attacks, according to a warning from Finnish anti-virus vendor F-Secure Corp.

    More here
     
  2. jezmck

    jezmck Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG], I wonder how many people vist the site on reading the article?
     
  3. relix

    relix New Member

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    It's interesting to test how good your browser is secured. Would I dare visit the site with Opera 8.0?
     
  4. jezmck

    jezmck Well-Known Member

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    I'm fairly confident about mine, but still don't wanna try it.
     
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    Ben '71 1200 New Member

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    I may try it, I'm at college..
     
  6. AsphaltCowboy

    AsphaltCowboy New Member

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    Luckily, Firefox users need not be scared of this page.
    It keeps trying to download from toolbarpartner.com to no success...

    (yes, i had the guts to try it out....)
     
  7. Dodge

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    I tried it. Webpage didn't load. Peer Gardian Rocks :)
     
  8. Dinh

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    Heh, thats why they have Deep Freeze at school :worried:
     
  9. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    I'd still do a scan, just in case.

    But regardless, I'll take your word for it.
     
  10. ajack

    ajack rox

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    <3 Lynx.
     
  11. RTT

    RTT #parp

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    <3 OS X ;)
     
  12. DoubleSidedTape

    DoubleSidedTape New Member

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    <3 Windows Xp :worried:
     
  13. Herbicide

    Herbicide Lurktacular

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    <3 2 :D :worried:

    - H.
     
  14. Anakha

    Anakha Member

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  15. Bruno_me

    Bruno_me Fake-ad‎min

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    my isp's dns servers don't even have the entries :/
     
  16. Mixx

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    ROTFLMAO

    lolll i dont have the balls to click that link
     
  17. Infraggable Krunk

    Infraggable Krunk New Member

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    <3 that google is his homepage therefore possibility of mispelling .0001%
     
  18. fillip

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    Ditto :hehe:
     
  19. BBurger

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    <-- Couldn't even raise the site, but confident in Opera 8.

    I have deliberately gone to "infested" sites before, just to test Opera. Never had any problems. (Should people who still use IE even be allowed on the same internewt as the rest of us?)
     
  20. Dinh

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    I use IE, Its safe if you have common sense. :thumb:
     
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