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Google Wave Attracts Wrong Sort Of Crowd Already

Taking advantage of the increasing interest in Google Wave, cyber criminals have started using black hat SEO techniques to lure visitors to malicious websites.

Cyber criminals have reportedly targeted keywords related to Google Wave such as "Google wave demo video" and "Google Wave invitation" and have managed to get a number of malicious websites in the search results.

Once a visitor reaches a malicious site, the cyber criminals then try to steal the personal information of the user and use it for their own benefits.

It is important to note that Google Wave has managed to generate a huge interest amongst technology enthusiasts and invitations to this service were also put on sale on eBay for a significant price.

Google incidentally has sent out invites to around 100,000 people to try out the new service which essentially combines instant messaging, group collaboration, social networking and many other features.

Users can also join a group of other users or wave as Google calls it share their documents and work together in a collaborative manner.

Though Google Wave has been a primary target in recent day, such black hat SEO techniques have also been used on terms related Microsoft Security Essentials and Apple iPhone.

Our Comments

This, we reckon, is a byproduct of success. Google though is quite effective at squashing those kinds of threats by blocking access to these malevolent websites. The only thing missing from Google for the time being is some sort of voting solution à la Digg which would ensure that such websites are eliminated once and for all.

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(Information Week)

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(Tech Radar)

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.