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    Cybercriminals leveraged on the tropical storm, Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) that hit the Philippines and killed around 140 people. Senior Threat Analyst Joseph Pacamarra found several malicious sites that appeared each time the users search the strings, “manila flood,” “Ondoy Typhoon,” and “Philippines Flood,” among others. The said sites emerged as one of the top search results.

    Once the user clicks the URL, they will be redirected to several landing pages where they are asked to download an EXE file, soft_207.exe. Trend Micro detects it as TROJ_FAKEAV.BND. This attack does GeoIP checks, which mean it only targets specific regions or location (one of the landing sites is hxxp://{BLOCKED}

    Figure 1. Screenshot of the malicious search result
    Click Figure 2. The EXE file that users need to download

    “Cybercriminals heartlessly exploited the calamity that unfolded in the Philippines. They rigged multiple URLs related to this news to point unknowing users to FAKEAV. Such SEO poisoning campaigns attract users all over the Web especially those who are trying to get information about their loved ones and fellow countrymen in the Philippines,” Pacamarra said.

    Although riding on tragic events is not exactly new, what is notable is it employed once again blackhat SEO to lead users to a FAKEAV as we had previously discussed here.

    Users are advised to be wary in clicking any URLs. Trend Micro protects users from this attack via its Trend Micro Smart Protection Network as it blocks all URLs and detects the said FAKEAV.

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