On November 6, the United States will complete the most digital Presidential election in our history. In the run up to the big day, millions Americans are flocking to the Web to inform their voting and follow campaign trails. With all the excitement, though, comes a sinister reality: Voter, candidate and campaign-related search terms can turn Web citizens into identity-theft targets and their computers into malicious bots.
Today’s cyber-criminals are no longer just reliant on spam. Instead, they use a technique as common among legitimate companies as it is in the world of cyber-crime – search engine optimization, or SEO. For years, attackers have taken advantage of popular news events to entice victims to visit malicious sites. But today’s black hat SEO schemes have added some new moves to their bag of tricks.
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