SOURCE: SurfControl

October 11, 2006 21:35 ET

SurfControl Warns Internet Users of a Malicious Web Site Posing as Italian Google Site

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2006 -- SurfControl (LSE: SRF), the leading provider of global on-demand, network and endpoint IT security solutions, is currently tracking a malicious Web site posing as the Italian Google site. The spoofed Web site utilizes typosquatting, a technique that mimics a legitimate looking domain and delivers a fraudulent Google page that looks identical to the original.

The fraudulent Google 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. 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, the Web site installs a keylogging Trojan that monitors keystrokes and sends information to a remote location. Furthermore, SurfControl has witnessed incidents of infected machines attempting to send out spam e-mail that could have malicious intent.

SurfControl's Threat Analysis and Research department is uniquely positioned to provide protection through its Adaptive Threat Intelligent service that spans the globe. Around-the-clock exchange of information on new threats allows SurfControl's Threat Experts to be at the forefront of Internet protection. SurfControl adds any new signatures and/or URLs to all three of the products in the SurfControl Enterprise Protection Suite.

About SurfControl

SurfControl makes Internet communication a business advantage -- and not a threat. The SurfControl Enterprise Protection Suite gives customers 360 degree Internet protection and covers all points of Internet vulnerability -- including inbound and outbound communication and employees on or off the network. All products in the Enterprise Protection Suite are backed by industry-leading threat detection, delivered by SurfControl's Global Threat Experts working 24/7 to provide customers with dynamic protection against emerging threats. The company has more than 23,000 customers worldwide, and employs more than 600 people in offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. For further information and news on SurfControl, please visit

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