Haiti earthquake themed blackhat SEO campaigns serving scareware

This is truly sad!

Cybercriminals quickly mobilized following the news of a massive earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, by introducing several hundred compromised domains embedded with bogus blackhat seo (search engine optimization) content related to Red Cross donations and general Haiti earthquake relief information.

The sites are already appearing within the first 10 search results on Google, and upon clicking on them the user is redirected to one of the most profitable monetization tactic (FBI: Scareware distributors stole $150M)

Naturally, the blackhat SEO campaigns are only the tip of the iceberg. Here’s what else to look for, and how to make sure you’re donating money to the right organization.

. . . a huge percentage of the sites are hosted within the network of Heart Shared hosting (heartinternet.co.uk) . . .

  • Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails and don’t click any links inside those messages.
  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
  • Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
  • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.

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