April 20, 2012 1 Comment-
You may not have noticed, but Google actually scans websites for potential malware and alerts visitors if it has found any. If you’re unlucky enough to click a malware-ridden link from Google’s search engine (or inside Chrome), you should be greeted with a screen like this one.
It basically tells you that Google’s automated security bots have found some form of malware on this site. Unfortunately, new malware implementations can avoid these security measures.
According to Network World, security researchers have discovered a malware that avoids web-based security scanners if there is no mouse movement when the page is loaded.
As with a lot of the most innovative new malware, the new species was discovered affecting Russian websites – probably a fore-runner before it is translated to the much more lucrative English-speaking market.
This is currently one of the most popular methods of for hackers to determine whether the site is being visited by a bot or a human, but they’re getting more sophisticated all the time. It’s now up to Google (and other website-checking services) to ensure they counter-act the effort.
As always, the best thing you can do is have adequate web protection and make sure your software is as up-to-date as possible – especially Flash, Java and Adobe Reader.
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