Searches for Apple’s New iCloud Might Get You Worms

There is a new problem involving Apple’s latest technology, the iCloud. However, the problem is not with the technology itself; it’s with cybercriminals.
Nov. 30, 2011 - PRLog -- The now popular technique of SEO (search engine optimization) has spawned some negative and malicious marketing. There are now a few dozen rogue or blackhat SEO sites that are tricking users into downloading a bunch of fake content in an effort to get into their computers and wallets. Once an unsuspecting viewer lands at one of these sites, the scammers behind the site try to trick him or her into downloading a phony file called “SecurityScanner.exe” or the popular “TROJ_FAKEAV.HKZ” (looking at the file’s title, it’s fairly obvious that it’s a bad idea to download it), with the user believing that he or she is getting an antivirus program.

After a user clicks a link for one of these files, the program “XP Antispyware 2012” is downloaded onto his or her computer, and then gets into the computer like a worm (this type of program is commonly referred to as antivirus malware). Once this is downloaded, you are unable to surf or log onto any sites using Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer until you click the phony registration/checkout button found within the application you just installed. Although you will now be able to browse the web again, “purchasing” has certainly not made your computer any safer, and instead has likely allowed hackers access to your financial information.

The key phrases you do not want to use when looking up or searching for information on the iCloud are “What is Apple iCloud?”, “What is iCloud Apple”, and “iCloud mymobi”.
The security company TrenLabs is monitoring the use of these keywords and others, and trying to instruct consumers on where to go and how to search. The basic term “icloud” seems to be the best bet, but be careful; there are still fake results for that search, just a bit lower on the page. The safest bet is always trying to go through Apple’s official site, and if you aren’t sure about a site, then stay away.

At the time of this press release, Mr. Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple, had no comment on the hackers or how to help consumers search for information on his product safely.

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