While e-mails continue to be a major source of malware, criminals have also turned to social networking to trick unsuspecting users. “Post it once and all your friends will see it, click on it, and share it on their walls, ” or ‘the last pictures of Michael Jackson taken by his doctor’ on Facebook or Twitter, such links have been used to fool people.
Hackers are now using publicly available tools such as Google Trends to track news and events in real-time. As soon as some known personality dies, many websites -trapped with viruses and Trojans and full of popular keywords automatically go live and fool a lot of people.
Links to these websites are generally posted to forums and in blog comments to inflate their Google ranking artificially. So when a user, curious about the event, searches on the web, he gets links that may lead him to the infected sites,