Trojan targets GooglePages Web Hosting Service

In an article from News.com, a trojan has been discovered on GooglePages, a hosting service offered by Google in February, which was so popular when released, it was taken down within hours due to overwelming demand, only to be restored three days later.

An attacker apparently uploaded a malicious file to a Googlepages.com server, part of a service that allows people to create their own Web pages, said Dan Hubbard, the senior director of security research at Websense Security Labs. The Trojan could lie dormant on a user’s system until the individual logs on to a banking Web site and then attempt to steal his or her personal information by capturing their keystrokes, according to a security alert released Friday by Websense.

Although the security monitoring company has detected the presence of the Trojan horse on Google Pages, it has not yet received any reports of bogus e-mails or instant messages that attempt to lure users to click on malicious links or download dangerous files.

“This is not a high-level, zero-day type of threat,” Hubbard said. “But when you have this big of (an Internet site) name involved, security researchers tend to look at it.” Source: News.com

The bigger Google gets, the more people try to make money from it either legally or illegally. See the recent Data-Theft Worm Targets Google’s Orkut, and see a posting on a blog about making money on the internet which describes how a website can spam Google with millions of pages to make money. If you are a webmaster and have seen your pages disapear from Google while the made for adsense crap keeps growing, you’ll have a different opinion of the motto. Do no evil indeed.