The Saturday night boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey was one of the most awaited sports events of 2010. It should not be a surprise then that cybercriminals took advantage of it to spread malware. Another blackhat search engine optimization (SEO) attack led users who wanted to watch the fight online via live video streams (using the search phrase “manny pacquiao vs joshua clottey live streaming”) to malicious sites.
Clicking these links led to another FAKEAV variant detected as TROJ_FAKEAV.PAQ.
Users should always be wary of clicking unknown links in search results. This is particularly true if they are searching for items of dubious legality, as is the case here.
Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ protects customers from this threat by blocking user access to the malicious websites that host the malicious FAKEAV files. It also detects and prevents the download of TROJ_FAKEAV.PAQ via the file reputation service.