Bad guys are always on the lookout for new ways of doing bad stuff. Today’s weird thing started when we looked at the top searches for terms in Google. One of them was aixirivali Andorra. Unfamiliar with the term, we googled it and discovered that everything about these words were either found on spam blogs or came from people wondering what those terms were. In short, nobody knows what it is but it’s a hot term.
Actually, Andorra is a small little country in Europe between France and Spain but the other word didn’t make any sense.
Looking closer at the Andorra map, there is a tiny town in the little country called “Aixirivall.” Ah, so whoever injected the random term into search engines misspelled it, too. The mastermind behind this move is not happy enough with hijacking popular search terms but also injected new made-up words into the popular list. We’re left to wonder what the shady intentions of this group may be. We think there are two likely possibilities:
- They are trying to make the search term popular so their fake blogs can keep receiving visitors. When this strategy is used with real terms, Google will always prefer real legitimate websites like CNN or BBC mentioning them rather than some new site, which may host illegitimate redirections. If they invent a new term, there’s no competition, nobody talks about it except them so their fake results will top searches for sure.
- They are trying to catch us, antivirus vendors, and other parties while monitoring the popular search list. If we follow links that aren’t supposed to be interesting for anybody else, they can tell us apart and block us.
Well, whatever they’re up to, it’s shady for sure. And if you’re going to do something as foolish as injecting fake terms, at least make sure you spell them right.
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