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Trojan spoofs Google Toolbar

A Trojan disguised as a link to the Google Toolbar search engine has been detected by security experts.

Security firm SurfControl warned that an e-mail purporting to come from search engine giant Google was luring users to the malicious link by offering information on the latest version of the Google Toolbar, a search tool that users can download onto their desktops.

Users following a link in the e-mail were taken to a fake Google Toolbar Web site, set up to replicate the real site, and urged to download the toolbar for their browser.

But SurfControl warned, “The file that is downloaded, however, is actually a Trojan that can turn users’ machines into spam zombies.”

The popularity of Google’s search products has made them a target for hackers. Last month, security firm Websense warned that Google was inadvertently hosting a Trojan designed to steal banking details on its website hosting service.

In September, a new worm emerged that redirected users to a spoofed Google search site, with fake “sponsored links” used to generate money for the worm’s author.

 

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