Internet Marketing Firm Says That Malicious Websites Were on the Rise in 2010

New York SEO company, offering SEO training classes, says that a new report highlights both the growth of malicious websites as well as widespread SEO abuse by attackers.

Online PR News – 20-November-2010 – New York, New York – According to Peter Crisafi, Vice President of dzine it, Inc., (, a leading Manhattan search engine optimization (SEO) and Internet marketing firm that offers SEO classes through its popular ExpressoSEO ( program, a recent study has revealed that better tactics and black hat SEO laid the foundation for a dramatic increase in the number of malicious websites found in 2010. In fact, he says that the report found a 111% percent increase in malicious websites between 2009 and 2010.

"The bad guys continuously improve the way they work and they are using black hat SEO to attack Internet users,” says Crisafi. “According to the study, web users searching for breaking news had a two percent chance of being lured to a malicious website, even more than those searching for adult content.”

Crisafi says that, according to the report, the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, Corey Haim's death, and World Cup Soccer were just a few examples of manipulated search engine results steering Internet users to bogus links that rated higher than legitimate results.
"Many of the 2010 SEO attacks were blended in nature, the report said, with a component that consisted of Rogue AV," he says. "Both approaches used bogus AV campaigns offering free PC scans that identified fake infections. Upon notification of a fake virus, users were prompted to download free 'antivirus' software, where a second scan asked them for their credit card information to remove the fake malware."

Researchers say that they expect to see increased black hat SEO techniques, combined with rogue antivirus and e-mail containing data-stealing components in the coming months, according to Crisafi.

ExpressoSEO, a division of dzine it, Inc, New York’s leading website development and search engine optimization (SEO) firm, offers organic web marketing classes that teach professional website optimization techniques. ExpressoSEO teaches on-site optimization techniques including the proper use of meta tags, copy writing and editing skills, keyword placement, proper navigation structure, site map creation, headline and content placement, and more. ExpressoSEO also trains students in off-site optimization including proper linking, Google webmaster tools, MSN webmaster tools, how to submit site maps, press release distribution, video marketing, and more. For more information, call 212.989.0813 or visit

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