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Yesterday’s revelation that certain Google search results contain tainted URLs that simultaneously take consumers to their intended site, as well as redirect them to a second site for the purpose of installing malware, shows the bad guys continue to get creative. Read about it here in USA Today Cross site scripting, phishingPhishing: The use of emails that appear to be from a legitimate, trusted source that are enticed to trick recipients into entering valid credentials including personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers into a fake platform or service. LookingGlass Cyber (n) - tailoring an attack (such as email) to garner trust and credentials that are then used maliciously. The preverbal digital version of the ol' hook and bait. and web-delivered malwareMalware: A generic term for a software that is designed to disable or otherwise damage computers, networks and computer systems LookingGlass Cyber (n) - another type of cold that can destroy a computer by latching on to destroy other programs. are not new threats, but the combination of these elements along with proven search engine optimization techniques poses a pretty lethal combination.

Hopefully, Google will take steps to protect its customers from these attacks. Web site operators can do their part, too. You can help protect your Web site from cross site scripting attacks by ensuring that your application performs validation of all headers, cookies, query strings, form fields and hidden fields.

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