Friday, October 03, 2008

Syndicating Google Trends Keywords for Blackhat SEO

Several hundred Windows Live Spaces and AOL Journals, are currently syndicating the most popular keywords provided by Google Trends, and are consequently hijacking the top search queries exposing users to Zlob codecs.

Here are some same bogus blogs used in the campaign, naturally pre-registered long before they executed it :

vinniedigg18 .spaces.live.com
journals.aol .com/iolatour16
fredabreak02 .spaces.live.com
thedaalerts01 .spaces.live.com
allisonpolls08 .spaces.live.com
rheabreak18 .spaces.live.com
racquellog17 .spaces.live.com
monikavideo11 .spaces.live.com
journals.aol .com/shelvakill27
tomekadigg26 .spaces.live.com
ivahnet19 .spaces.live.com
journals.aol .com/louisathere13
allisonpolls08 .spaces.live.com
valericatch03 .spaces.live.com
journals.aol .com/iolatour16
hadleycue01 .spaces.live.com
journals.aol .com/staceyliving01
collettebreak17 .spaces.live.com
journals.aol .com/nataliablog16
natalymore26 .spaces.live.com


A comprehensive listing of the blogs involved can be downloaded here.

What do all of these bogus blogs have in common? The fact that they are all being abused by a single malware campaign, and the Keep it Simple Stupid mentality only a lazy malware campaigner can take advantage of. All of the blogs as using a central redirection domain, shutting it down or blocking it renders the number of bogus blogs is circulation irrelevant. In this case, the domain in question is video.xmancer.org (216.195.59.75).

Here are the the rest of the domains participating in the campaign, as well as the parked ones at the corresponding IPs :

video.xmancer .org (216.195.59.75)
buynowbe .com
loveniche .com
antivirus-freecheck .com
jetelephone .cn
reducki .cn
woteenhas .cn
lilaloft .cn


clipztimes .com (78.157.143.235)
imagelized .com
vidzdaily .com


gotmovz .com (78.108.177.91)
dwnld-clips .com

movwmstream .com (77.91.231.183)
newwmpupdate .com
zaeplugin .com
movaccelerator .com
optimwares .com
piterserv .com


moviesportal2008p .com (72.232.183.154)
movieportal2008a .com
funnyportal2008l .com
starsportal2008p .com
softportal2008p .com
movieportal2008q .com


In short, despite that the campaign is poised to attract generic search traffic, it's a self-exposing blackhat SEO campaign since each and every blog participating is also linking to the rest of the ones within the ecosystem.

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