Infosec 2013: DIY survey kits are appearing and beginning to torment search engine results

Survey-based threats on Facebook may be declining, but a rise in 'DIY surveys' could cause concerns.

Speaking to SC Magazine at the Infosecurity Europe exhibition in London, Chris Boyd, researcher at ThreatTrack Security, said that it was only a matter of time before surveys, which capture user's personal information, disappeared.

Boyd said: “The rogue surveys are interesting and from what I can see, I cannot remember the last one, but most of the time they are targeting users. However now it is about rogue links within search engine results as they are a lot easier to drive traffic through.

“We are seeing the 'Facebook survey' run its course, but the concern now is DIY survey kits that encouraged the victim to fill in the survey and eventually download an executable file, and this is becoming more and more popular. This is an existing way of hijacking PCs.”

Asked if this was an especially 'new' challenge, Boyd said it was, as opposed to search engine optimisation poisoning, new threats will leave the details of victims IP addresses open. “People don't know, it is alarming really and there are ways and means of preventing that,” he said.

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