The “Semalt" botnet is quickly spreading across the Internet, Incapsula researchers warn.
Blackhat SEO is a popular tactic for malware peddlers to distribute their wares to unsuspecting victims, and the weeks before major holidays are always a perfect time for poisoning search results for search terms tied to them.
Firefox is the second most widely used browser in the world, so we can be sure that malicious individuals are already working on ways to take advantage of yesterday's release of its latest incarnation.
If you have wondered whether to switch your go-to search engine for another - perhaps more localized? - in order to avoid the seemingly ubiquitous poisoned search results, wonder no more: Zscaler's senior security researcher Julien Sobrier has explored the options for you.
It used to be that among the first ten pages of search results for popular terms, up to 90 percent of the offered links would take the users to a malicious page serving malware.