↑ Malware proliferation

  • The use of fake and malware-friendly search engines demonstrates the complexities of the cybercrime ecosystem, due to the double-monetisation approach applied by the cybercriminals, earning pay per click revenue from the affiliate networks, and earning more revenue from serving search results serving scareware and products with their own affiliate code. An example from 2009 Cybercriminals promoting malware-friendly search engines, ZDNet, 2009 gives some indicators on the amounts of money such campaigns can be making.