Cybercriminals have launched a black hat search engine optimization (SEO) campaign exploiting the interest surrounding Apple's newly released tablet computer, iPad, according to researchers at web security vendor Websense. Searches for “apple tablet announcement” have been poisoned by attackers and now yield a malicious link within the top five search results for a site promoting rogue anti-virus products. Other recent SEO campaigns have leveraged the crisis in Haiti, the movie Avatar and Google's new Nexus One smartphone. – AM