SEO Poisoning Campaign Attempts to Exploit Victims Searching for Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes researchers learned of a search engine optimization (SEO) spam campaign targeting users searching for articles published about the antivirus software vendor. This campaign embeds the word “Malwarebytes” as well as the names of some of the company’s blog writers into the source code of malicious websites to manipulate their page rankings within search engine results. If visited, these websites redirect users to fraudulent forums and adult sites, along with websites designed to steal visitors’ credit card information. The NJCCIC recommends users maintain awareness of SEO poisoning and use caution when visiting websites returned by a search result. Scrutinize the returned result and, if the URL, website summary, or page title does not seem to match the searched topic or intended destination, refrain from visiting it.