Google Hot Search topics are turning out to be a useful tool for security researchers at SonicWall who are trying to find URLs for malicious Web sites as well as signatures to help block the malware they contain. Under a month-old trial project that may become part of the routine malware search, the malicious code research team regularly finds infected sites among the top 100 returned by Google's real-time search engine for those Hot Search topics, says Nick Bilogorskiy, the manager of the team.
For the first time security researchers have spotted a type of malicious software that overwrites update functions for other applications, which could pose additional long-term risks for users. The malware, which infects Windows computers, masks itself as an updater for Adobe Systems' products and other software such as Java.
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Many malicious URLs are now invisible to URL filters and antivirus software alike, a web security company has found after conducting its own tests.
Web security company M86 Security pitted three leading but unnamed antivirus products against 15,000 malicious URLs and found that only 39 percent were successfully blocked. When they ran a second set of malicious URLs against a leading URL list the news was even worse. Only 444, or around 3 percent, were correctly identified.
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