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, 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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    steve, 30 Jan 2008 @ 6:21am

    use your head

    I like to read techdirt and slashdot alot. I like everything windows, mac, linux, firefox (not really), ie7. I try to use them all daily (vmware is rocks!) I always here "use firefox! and macs!" you will be safe. It gets annoying. I dont think most of these folks even know what they are talking about, or would even have a clue on how to fix their mac themselves if they had malware problems. All these things do is help protect against yourself if you are not smart enought to avoid malware, and you don't have to be that smart. My 11 year old occasionally clicks on something stupid, but even knows beter for the most part. Just learn how to browse, duh. IE7 (flame away) is great and kicks the crap out of firefox. It renders sites very nicely, where as firefox always pisses me off because I can not even go to 10 websites without one of them not displaying correctly (go ahaead and blame the coders), in addition to the ugly rendrings compared to ie. It is funny, because it used to be exclusive and hip to use a mac or firefox instead of MS stuff, now all the retards out there are trying to be cool and hip, and it is really starting to show......It is nice to see that the playing field is starting to level. anyway.... it is more WAY more important that the user surfs smartly, does't matter as much the applications used. And this gets more true everyday.

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