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Part of my job is to cleanup PCs that have been infected with malware, maleware has completely replaced viruses, we rarely see a virus on a PC. This is the introduction to a paper entitled deSEO: Combating Search-Result Poisoning published by members of the University of Washington Computer Sciences Department. LINK >
The spread of malware through the Internet has increased dramatically over the past few years. Along with traditional techniques for spreading malware (such as through links or attachments in spam emails), attackers are constantly devising newer and more sophisticated methods to infect users. A technique that has been gaining prevalence of late is the use of search engines as a medium for distributing malware. By gaming the ranking algorithms used by search engines through search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, attackers are able to poison the search results for popular terms so that these results include links to malicious pages.
A recent study reported that 22.4% of Google searches contain such links in the top 100 results . Furthermore, it has been estimated that over 50% of popular keyword searches (such as queries in Google Trends  or for trending topics on Twitter ), the very first page of results contains at least one link to a malicious page . Using search engines is attractive to attackers because of its low cost and its legitimate appearance. Malicious pages are typically hosted on compromised Web servers, which are effectively free resources for the attackers. As long as these malicious pages look relevant to search engines, they will be indexed and presented to end users. Additionally, users usually trust search engines and often click on search results without hesitation, whereas they would be wary of clicking on links that appear in unsolicited spam emails. It is therefore not surprising that, despite being a relatively new form of attack, searchresult poisoning is already a huge phenomenon and has affected major search engines.
Gretchen Morgenson has done an outstanding job reporting on the economic crisis since the crash of 2008. Once again she covers the lack of accountability, the crony capitalism and financial malfeasance that has not been prosecuted, the reason? Well thats debatable but the guilt brush would tar too many so they won’t pick it up. The actions of the financiers were so immoral and corrupt that is staggers the mind, but the laws that governed their activity were either no longer in place or stripped of any teeth making prosecution unlikely. Anyway read Morgensons account, she is an excellent reporter I am not.
NY Times: an except —
By GRETCHEN MORGENSON and LOUISE STORY
…several years after the financial crisis, which was caused in large part by reckless lending and excessive risk taking by major financial institutions, no senior executives have been charged or imprisoned, and a collective government effort has not emerged. This stands in stark contrast to the failure of many savings and loan institutions in the late 1980s. In the wake of that debacle, special government task forces referred 1,100 cases to prosecutors, resulting in more than 800 bank officials going to jail. Among the best-known: Charles H. Keating Jr., of Lincoln Savings and Loan in Arizona, and David Paul, of Centrust Bank in Florida.
Instead of criminal investigations the ideological battle taking place in congress strives to worsen the crisis by stripping away the what is left of the state as we have know it for the last 70 years.
Government strengthened and protected “the commons”, the communal parts of our society that made us strong as a nation. Going forward we are all isolated individual entrepreneurs in a nation where criminality is rewarded and theft is institutionalized.
Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?
Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?
Number 3: Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?
Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?
Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?
Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?
Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?
Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?
Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?”
Senator Ron Paul’s Nine Questions for the American citizens to consider