Malware Showing Up On Legit Sites

from the it's-everywhere! dept

Since it's fairly well known at this point that sketchy sites can try to trick users into installing malware, it appears that malware creators are increasingly looking for ways to make its malware available from more legitimate sites. Two recent stories highlight this trend. First is the news that some hackers successfully rigged Google to link to sites that installed malware on certain popular searches. It took a fairly elaborate scheme to get it to work -- and it only lasted for a few days -- but it does highlight that just because a site's found via Google, it doesn't mean that it's safe. The second one apparently involves the popular urban legend debunking (or confirming) website, Snopes.com. Apparently, a well-known purveyor of adware has been running questionable or misleading ads (via Slashdot) on the site for over six months. Snopes was apparently told about this ad, but still chose to leave it running.
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Filed Under: legit sites, malware
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    MIKEMJF (profile), 28 Dec 2009 @ 8:03am

    Kinda disappointed in Snopes. They have a great site and seems to write with a nice sharp sense of humor. Clearly they had to pull the ad(s) if they were delivering malware, but banning discussion about it seems beneath them..

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