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Kudos0

Google Images Warning

Hello, the other day I was browsing Google Images and I enlarged the image and I got a warning from Norton that a malicious code was trying to exploit my computer; a virus from a jpeg link. I wasn't aware that Google Image Search could be used like this... I thought most of the images were cached and filtered by Google. I didn't go to the website, so I can't see how it could infect my computer. Now I'm paranoid about using it. Lucky Norton caught it though. But imagine being on Android or something. Could someone explain how this was possible? 

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Kudos0

Re: Google Images Warning

If you clicked on an image in Google images, you are taken to a larger image of that image. If you then click on that, you are taken away from the Google site to a site with the images. So you are no longer on the Google site and you could have been redirected to a site that may not be safe. Then when you enlarged the image, you must have clicked on the image. That would be enough to release any possible malicious payload. 

Just my thoughts on what may have happened.

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Kudos0

Re: Google Images Warning

No, I'm very cautious. I was looking at ships from Star Trek. I clicked on a thumbnail which enlarges it. That's when I got the warning from Norton. I never go directly to the site, and the warning popped up while I was still on Google Images, not some unknown website. Unless when you click on (related images) where it shows you extra thumbnails and then you can click (view more) but the images still open within the Google Images viewer. It just has me miffed. The dangerous URL which had the jpeg is listed by Norton Safe Web as unsafe. I'm glad Norton stopped it, but I'm more angry at Google. I will never trust image search again. 

Kudos0

Re: Google Images Warning

What shows as the web address as you hover over the image without clicking? Is it still preceded by Google.com?

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Kudos0

Re: Google Images Warning

I can't find the original URL and I don't want to risk it. However, when I view other enlarged images in search (by hovering over) the URL has Google in it. 

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Re: Google Images Warning

Yeah, you definitely have to be careful with Google images...  I know you said you were still on the Google page, however, anything from photobucket, tumblr, deviantart, .co, imageshack, just avoid.  I find Bing to be better with respect to images, however, if you're going to be doing extensive image searching i would make certain Malwarebytes' real-time protection is engaged and also throw the prospective url into URLVoid to check surrounding intelligence. 

Sorry you went through all this,

Sincerely,

H.B.   

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Re: Google Images Warning

Hackers are embedding malicious code within compromised, uploaded images on trusted Google sites – weaponizing the website and staying under the radar.

https://threatpost.com/stealthy-malware-hidden-in-images-takes-to-googleusercontent/134183/

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