Hackers infect websites to dupe Internet users

April 1, 2011
Computer user clicking a mouse. Computer security firm Websense on Friday was warning that hackers have infected a huge number of websites with malicious code crafted to dupe Internet users.

Computer security firm Websense on Friday was warning that hackers have infected a huge number of websites with malicious code crafted to dupe Internet users.

Hundreds of thousands of legitimate websites have been boobytrapped to redirect visitors to "lizamoon" addresses where they are greeted with bogus warnings that their computers have been compromised, according to Websense.

The ruse is designed to frighten people into downloading and installing fake anti-virus software, referred to as "scare-ware," portrayed as a Windows Security Center.

People who fall for the ploy, perhaps even paying for downloads, are actually installing that can use to their advantage.

Explore further: Cyber-crooks targeting social-networking websites

Related Stories

Cyber-crooks targeting social-networking websites

March 3, 2009

Computer security specialists warn that Facebook users have been hit with a series of data-stealing attacks in the past week as cyber crooks increasingly stalk social-networking websites.

Conficker worm digs in around the world

April 1, 2009

Computer security top guns around the world watched warily as the dreaded Conficker worm squirmed deeper into infected machines with the arrival of an April 1st trigger date.

Recommended for you

Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

July 27, 2015

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives ...

Where is solar power headed?

July 22, 2015

Most experts agree that to have a shot at curbing the worst impacts of climate change, we need to extricate our society from fossil fuels and ramp up our use of renewable energy.

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

jwalkeriii
not rated yet Apr 01, 2011
My site was hacked similarly and the hackrepair.com people fixed it in a few hours. I was told this is not particularly special. Hundreds of thousands of websites are hacked ever day using all kinds of exploits within old versions of wordpress and oscommerce.
Burnerjack
5 / 5 (1) Apr 01, 2011
If the malware is sold, doesn't law enforcement follow the money trail?
If not, why not?
Why buy a bazzillahetz machine when you have to run so much protective software that it bogs down anyway?
Death to the miscreants!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.