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Googling For Grand Larceny

Date: April 30, 2007
Author: Andy Greenberg
QUOTE: Here's how the potential crime was supposed to work: Searches for business- and car-related words produced ads next to search results for legitimate pages like Cars.com and the Better Business Bureau's Web site. But when users clicked on those ads, Exploit Prevention says they were first redirected to a Russian site called SmartTracker.org. That site would download a program onto the user's machine before sending them on to their destination site. When users later visited one of a hundred major banking sites the software was designed to target, the program would spy on them using a "post-logger," a program that inserts fake entry fields into Web sites and records passwords.

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