Thursday, September 10, 2009

New York Times Site Pop-Up Says Your Computer Is Infected

Posted by timothy on Sunday September 13, @07:59PM
from the if-you're-reading-this-you-have-a-virus dept.
Zott writes"Apparently, 'some readers' of the New York Times site are getting a bit more with their news: an apparently syndicated adware popup with a faux virus scan of the user's computer indicating they are infected, and a link to go download a fix now. It's entertaining when a Mac user gets it, but clearly downloading an .exe file isn't a good way to keep your computer clean ..."Update: 09/14 03:20 GMT by T : Troy encountered this malware,"and did basic forensics. Summary: iframe ad then series of HTML/JS redirects, ending at a fake virus scanner page with a "Scan" link (made to look like a dialog box button) that downloaded malware."Nice explanation!

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