Ford has revealed that they are being targeted in a black hat Search Engine Optimization (SEO) malware attack.

Ford has revealed that they are being targeted in a black hat Search Engine Optimization (SEO) malware attack.

This type of attack directs users who search for Ford related information to malicious websites where they will be asked to download a "codec" in order to view the information they are looking for. After a person accepts the download, a fake anti-virus program pops up and informs them that their computer is infected and they need to purchase a fraudulent anti-virus program in order to clean it.

When the unsuspecting individual enters their personal information and credit card data, it is sent to these virtual criminals who will likely rack up huge bills in their name and cause a plethora of other problems. If a person declines to purchase the fake software, it retaliates by preventing the computer from working properly in an attempt to force the user into buying the bogus program.

Although it is unclear as to how wide spread this attack is, Ford is working with Google and other search engines to help mitigate the impact.

As always, be sure to regularly update and scan your computer with the latest anti-virus and anti-malware software.

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