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Googling worms

By - July 17, 2006

Picture 1-15Last week Websense, a security company, found a way to use Google search to identify and capture malware. The software exploits Google’s binary functions to view .exe files on Windows computers.

“The most interesting thing about Google’s binary search capability is not its security implications, but the fact that it shows that Google may be thinking about becoming a file searching service.” Johnny Long, a security researcher with Computer Sciences told PC World.

Websense planned to limit the release its software and findings for security. But now there’s Metsploit, a newly erected “hacker-friendly” malware engine, similarly piggybacking on Google’s engine.


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