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Windows 7: Volcanic Ash Cloud May End Up Harming Your Computer.

18 Apr 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Volcanic Ash Cloud May End Up Harming Your Computer.

The recent volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, which caused major air travel disruptions across Europe due to the resulting ash cloud, is being exploited by cybercriminals to infect users. Searching for information or images related to the event poses an increased risk of leading to malicious pages.

On 14 April 2010, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland erupted for the second time in 2010, leading to the formation of an ash cloud that is unusually rich in glass particles. The eruption is still on-going and experts claim the volcano might produce ash for weeks to come.

Because the ash plume has quickly spread across Europe, many countries were forced to completely or partially suspend air traffic over their territories. At the moment, all major European airports are closed down and thousands of travelers are stranded, in what might become the most severe air travel disruption in history.

As the event is affecting flights all over the world, it is understandable that a lot of people use the Internet to keep informed about new developments in real time. A quick look on Google Trends reveals that "volcano iceland," "uk airspace" or "flights canceled" are amongst the hottest search topics in the USA at the moment.

Unfortunately, cybercrooks are also paying attention to what people are searching for and waste no opportunity to exploit it to their advantage. By employing artificial page rank inflation techniques, collectively known as black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO), they succeed in pushing malicious links to the top pages of search results.
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Volcanic Ash Cloud May End Up Harming Your Computer - Searching for related information can lead to malware - Softpedia

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