Spammers Use Black Hat SEO to Inject Jailbreak Scams into Google News

F-Secure experts have analyzed this spam campaign

By Eduard Kovacs on June 17th, 2013 11:31 GMT

Jailbreak scams have been around for quite some time. Softpedia has been trying to raise awareness and identify scam sites for several years now. 

Today, researchers from security firm F-Secure have spotted a new spam campaign that’s abusing black hat search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to inject scammy jailbreak-related headlines into iOS threads on Google News.

According to F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan, the injected links take users to websites that offer iPhone jailbreaks for “only $24.99.”

Of course, it’s not recommended to purchase anything from sites advertised in such a manner since you’ll likely end up losing your money.

For the time being, experts say the SEO abuse is limited to spammers. However, this might change soon since, as Sullivan highlights, “where spammers go — exploit kits are surely soon to follow.”
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