Hackers Target Bloggers in Cyber-Faceoff
Viral gang sends users infected downloads in major web sweep affecting thousands
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2007 3:54 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Hackers are attacking Google’s Blogger site and planting links to downloads potentially laden with viruses, the BBC reports. Some blogs have been updated with innocent-looking links promising news or digital greeting cards. But clicking on the links could give away users' private data or invite harmful spam messages. Google hasn't commented on the attack or how the site was penetrated.

The hackers are thought to be behind a storm of spam attacks that began in January; an industry analyst called them “experts at exploiting social engineering” to distribute viruses. The group—which remotely hijacks PCs from which to mount its attacks—has infected 1M computers this year by one estimate, and might be responsible for up to 6% of junk messages.