Pete Freitag Pete Freitag

Please do not go to this website!

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Via Loose Wire - Someone has registered the domain googkle.com, the site attempts to install spyware, viruses, etc. But what I find more disturbing is F-Secure's (the company that found the site) description of the issue:

F-Secure staff has found a malicious website that utilizes a spelling error when typing the name of the popular search engine - 'Google.com'. If a user opens a malicious website, his/her computer gets hijacked - a lot of different malware gets automatically downloaded and installed: trojan droppers, trojan downloaders, backdoors, a proxy trojan and a spying trojan. Also a few adware-related files are installed.

The name of the malicious website is 'Googkle.com'. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS WEBSITE! Otherwise your computer will get infected! We have reported the case to the authorities.

Note that if you go to this website your computer WILL get infected! The assumptions made in their article are a bit much, despite being quite detailed about what the site attempts to install. It is pretty clear that you need to be running windows, and also using IE to have any worry.

Why I really find this disturbing is because the average user has no idea that web sites's can't just install software automatically unless you have given them permission, or they are exploiting a bug in your browser. So this creates a bit of unnecessary fear for average joe.

The other thing is the PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS WEBSITE! that just invokes my curiosity.


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Please do not go to this website! was first published on April 27, 2005.


Comments

Actually it appears that gookle.com isn't the only domain they've registered, msmn.com points to the very same website ( just check the source code ) =p
by Daniel SIlva on 04/27/2005 at 7:26:10 PM UTC