Brief: Malicious Web site poses as Google Staff

A security vendor is warning Web surfers to beware of a malicious Web site that poses as a legitimate Google page.

According to Scotts Valley, Calif.-based endpoint security provider SurfControl, the malicious site spoofs Google's Italian Web site and uses typo squatting, a technique that "mimics a legitimate looking domain and delivers a fraudulent Google page that looks identical to the original."

The fraudulent site attempts to install ActiveX controls on a user's machine. "This will occur automatically if Internet Explorer security settings allow installation of ActiveX controls," SurfControl said in a statement. "Otherwise, the end user will have to accept the installation for the infection to occur. If the ActiveX control is accepted, a number of Trojans are installed, redirecting the homepage to a Web site featuring adult content."

In addition to browser hijacking, SurfControl said the Web site installs a keylogging Trojan that monitors keystrokes and sends information to a remote location. The vendor said it has witnessed incidents where infected machines tried to send out malicious spam emails.

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