Be careful with what blogs you visit. Google’s Blogger.com is reportedly being hijacked by scammers to spread malware through fake blogs. Security experts are calling this the “fake blog scam”. Blog hopping or surfing hasn’t been this dangerous.

Scammers are creating what would seem as a normal-looking blogs with ordinary topics like “Star Wars, school, furniture, Christmas, cars and girlfriends” to host a variety of script-initiated malware. What’s scary is that it’s virtually impossible for visitors to spot the danger of these blogs and these malware infested blogs are said to be in the hundreds.

An example of these blogs is a one that is supposedly owned by a fan of the Honda CR450 motor car which attempts to infect it’s visitors with the Wonka Trojan. Other malicious tricks involve redirecting visitors to a phishing site.

“These are not legitimate blogs that were compromised. They appear to be deliberately set up to promote phishing, which is against our terms of service. We are investigating, and blogs found to include malicious code or promote phishing will be deleted,” Google said in a statement to CNET.

Previously, scammers have used social networking site MySpace for spreading adware, luring users into phishing sites and even YouTube by using fake porn videos. Now they’ve entered into the blogosphere, using the popularity of blogs in the hopes of having a huge payday.

Since it’s virtually impossible to detect if a blog is malware infested or not, we better take precautionary measures ourselves.

Here’s my advice:
» Avoid visiting blogs that you’re not familiar with.
» Close the window or tab if a blog redirects you to a different site.
» Close pop-up windows and NEVER click, however tempting it may be.
» Use a more secure browser like Mozilla Firefox or Flock.
» Keep your anti-virus programs up-to-date.

Hopefully no one else gets fooled or victimized by these fake blogs and Google should get rid of them A.S.A.P. Practice safe computing everyone! :)

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Anyone else hear about this news of Blogger.com hijacked by scammers? Do you know any blogs that got compromised?

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15 Comments

  • JP Habaradas, March 23, 2007 @ 3:35 AM Reply

    @Jim – You're welcome! Scammers and spammers are taking it to the next level. That's why we should be careful and vigilant. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  • Jim, March 22, 2007 @ 7:04 PM Reply

    Thanks for the tip. OK na lang sana kung reblog or splogs sites but spreading malwares, virus, trojan atbp?! now that's really online terrorism.

  • JP Habaradas, March 20, 2007 @ 5:33 AM Reply

    @Joni – Basically coz it's easy money, no need to pay taxes and probably the thrill of victimizing other people and getting their money.

    Thanks! :D

  • Joni, March 19, 2007 @ 6:47 PM Reply

    Waaah. Why are there people like these scammers?! Pfft.

    Jaypee, congrats! finalists ka sa PBA Best Tech blog! yey! :)

  • JP Habaradas, March 19, 2007 @ 4:58 PM Reply

    @benj – Thanks! I wasn't aware of it until I read your comment. :)

    @K – You're not 100% safe but you are safer than most users. Sorry, I'm not that familiar with Kinja. Hehe..You're welcome! :)

    @fruityoaty – Thank you! :D

    @bluepanjeet – We all have our own experiences with spam. That's a good way of keeping safe and away from those scam blogs. God bless you too! :)

    @Tess – No need to stop bloghopping. As long as you keep it to those blogs that you're sure are safe.

    @Ymir – True. You're welcome! :D

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