Measuring and Analyzing Search-Redirection Attacks in the Illicit Online Prescription Drug Trade

@inproceedings{Leontiadis2011MeasuringAA,
  title={Measuring and Analyzing Search-Redirection Attacks in the Illicit Online Prescription Drug Trade},
  author={Nektarios Leontiadis and Tyler Moore and Nicolas Christin},
  booktitle={USENIX Security Symposium},
  year={2011}
}
We investigate the manipulation of web search results to promote the unauthorized sale of prescription drugs. We focus on search-redirection attacks, where miscreants compromise high-ranking websites and dynamically redirect traffic to different pharmacies based upon the particular search terms issued by the consumer. We constructed a representative list of 218 drug-related queries and automatically gathered the search results on a daily basis over nine months in 2010-2011. We find that about… CONTINUE READING
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