Fake .CN Google Spam "A Huge" Malware Problem

Nov 29, 2007 • 7:36 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam

Remember back in September we reported about Chinese-like .CN TLDs spamming the heck out of Google's search results? Well, it appears that a study was done by Sunbelt Software that showed "27 different domains, each with up to 1,499 [malicious] pages" found in Google for hundreds of legitimate search queries. It appears that the .CN (which were really not .CN TLDs but masked as such) are directly related to this report.

Subverted search sites lead to massive malware attack in progress is the article that most people are pointing to. I covered it yesterday at Search Engine Land placing blame on Google's Malware Filter not working properly. But it has history, as I showed above.

Here is our picture from September: Chinese spam in Google

Here is a picture from News.com from yesterday with those malware results: google malware spam

Look similar? Yea.

Was Google aware of this issue back in September. Yes, they were. Google is working to clean up the mess faster since this news hit the front page of Techmeme.

Do I know for sure the two are related. No, but they seem to be. Only Google can confirm the two are directly related.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums and WebmasterWorld.

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Matt Cutts

11/29/2007 05:35 pm

I believe that it's a completely different spammer. The only thing that they share in common is that .cn domains are cheap right now.

Barry Schwartz

11/29/2007 05:39 pm

I appreciate the inside info on those TLDs.

No Name

12/01/2007 08:56 am

Yet another blow to the Chinese .cn already weak reputation...

Yes Messenger

10/04/2009 07:25 am

These kind of people will always find a way to get through.

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