Hackers Target Google Wave Invitations

Michael Vizard

Turns out one of the most dangerous things you can do on the Web these days is follow everybody else.

After the launch of Google Wave as a service available to 100,000 beta users this week, one of the most popular search requests on the Web for the past week has been "How Do I Get a Google Wave invitation." Alas, this has not gone unnoticed by the people that distribute malware, all of whom seem to have optimized their sites to entice people to click on URLs purporting to have information about how to become one of the privileged few lucky enough to get an invitation to Google Wave.

Unfortunately, all these people are getting once they click on these URLs is a good dose of malware. And just to add insult to injury, many of them are offered the opportunity to purchase fake anti-virus software to solve the problem. So in addition to getting taken for the cost of the fake software and giving up their credit card information, users get the pleasure of installing more malware in their systems via the fake software.

None of this activity is new. But according to researchers at the Websense Labs Team, these black hat search engine optimization (SEO) attacks are increasing dramatically. For instance, prior to the release of Google Wave, the Apple iPhone was the most popular target of black hat SEO attacks.

The folks at Websense say that the only effective way to combat these threats is to use reputation tracking-based security software that identifies sites hiding malware in real time. Otherwise, customers are dependent on anti-virus software vendors to release a signature for the malware that can take anywhere from days to weeks to identify.

The biggest problem, however, is that none of this malware is confined anymore to just fake sites. Over 85 percent of legitimate Web sites have now also fallen victim to distributing malware. The only real question therefore is not how we protect our systems from malware, but rather how do we stop it from getting distributed in the first place?

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Oct 2, 2009 7:46 AM Diogo Diogo  says:

We could all start to use Linux.

Oct 15, 2009 7:03 AM unlimited unlimited  says:

Hi there, anyone got a spare invite? Please share!


Oct 24, 2009 1:50 AM Athidhi Athidhi  says: in response to unlimited

Please any one send me invitationof google wave

Thanks in advance



May 28, 2010 3:01 AM Manual Directory Submission Manual Directory Submission  says: in response to Athidhi

I am not that into Black hat SEO, but don't really see the connection with the distribution of malware.

Purchase of fake anti-virus software, today I read that one Swedish and 2 Americans have sold false anti-virus software, they are believed to swindled people for around 12,750,000 million $. When people clicked on ads they would get a virus message and asked to buy a virus protection (30$-70$), divide that in people and you realize that many can be tricked.

The name of the virus protection: 'DriveCleaner' and 'ErrorSafe"

Nov 16, 2010 11:45 AM Grossesse Semaine Par Semaine Grossesse Semaine Par Semaine  says:

Can we make money with Google Wave? How to using it easily? How to understand Google Wave is, and the different groups of people it will help?

Nov 16, 2010 11:46 AM quebec incorporation quebec incorporation  says:

Can you make money with Google Wave?


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