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Torrent sites are infiltrating Google Search with some crafty SEO hacks - TechRadar

Last updated Monday, November 21, 2022 17:05 ET , Source: NewsService

Cybercriminals are hacking Google Looker Studio to place their malicious websites high on the search engine’s results pages, promoting spam, pirated content, and torrents.

The campaign uses a technique known as poisoning. This method uses legitimate website copy and fills it with links leading to these malicious sites. In the eyes of Google’s search engine algorithm, the links give the spam sites enough credibility for the tool to rank them high for specific keywords.

This specific attack uses Google’s datastudio.google.com subdomain.

Fake blockbuster movie downloads

BleepingComputer says it found multiple pages of Google search results “flooded with datastudio.google.com links”, after being tipped off by a concerned reader. The links don’t lead to an actual Google Data Studio project, but rather to websites hosting pirated content, such as current blockbuster movies (Black Adam, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and similar).

Before actually landing on these pages, the victims will first be redirected a couple of times, as well.

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SEO poisoning is a known method, often used by threat actors to improve their chances of landing malware onto more .

Most of the time, SEO poisoning is used to push torrent sites high on Google’s results pages for queries such as commercial software, the latest movies, or computer games. Consumers looking to save a few dollars on software and games sometimes go on shady sites promising cracks and activators which would enable them to...

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