Posted by: LarryO | August 13, 2010

Google tops comparative review of malicious search results

Based on an article from ZDNet and a newly released report by Barracuda Labs, Google tops a list of most common search engines used by malicious attackers, relying on poisoned keywords.

The company which had also sampled Yahoo Search, Bing, and Twitter, contributes this to the fact the Google remains the market share leader in online search.

Key highlights of the study:

  • Overall, Google takes the crown for malware distribution – turning up more than twice the amount of malware as Bing, Twitter and Yahoo! combined when searches on popular trending topics were performed. Google presents at 69 percent; Yahoo! at 18 percent; Bing at 12 percent; and Twitter at one percent.
  • The average amount of time for a trending topic to appear on one of the major search engines after appearing on Twitter varies tremendously: 1.2 days for Google, 4.3 days for Bing, and 4.8 days for Yahoo!
  • Over half of the malware found was between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. GMT. The top 10 terms used by malware distributors include the name of a NFL player, three actresses, a Playboy Playmate and a college student who faked his way into Harvard.

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