03-11-2010, 06:30 AM
Drudge Report accused of serving malware
March 9, 2010 9:31 AM PST |
Drudge Report accused of serving malware, again
The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not know exactly where on the site his mother had clicked before the fake warning appeared.
It's very possible that the malware came via an ad. Many Web sites outsource the serving of their ads and ad networks have been used to deliver malware to sites since last year, affecting sites as prominent as The New York Times.
After the newspaper got hit last September, the Drudge Report, a conservative news aggregator that sometimes authors stories, was one of a group of sites affected by malware hidden in ads distributed by Google's DoubleClick, YieldManager, and ValueClick's Fastclick network, according to IDG News Service. In that case, the ads dropped a variant of the Win32/Alureon Trojan horse onto machines that grabs other malware to install on the machine.
"The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent e-mail late Monday claiming the Drudge Report is 'responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.' The committee ordered hill staff: 'Try to avoid' the Drudge Report 'for now,'" the Drudge Report said in a statement at around 8:50 a.m. PST. "On Monday Drudge served over 29 million pages with not one e-mail complaint received about 'pop-ups,' or the site serving 'viruses.'" |
Update 11:58 a.m. PST: A spokesperson for the Senate committee said officials were looking at Drudge Report and WhitePages.com as possible sources of the malware that affected Senate computers.
"The Senate Help Desk, in discussing a recent increase in the number of virus infections in Senate computers, mentioned that it might be associated with pop-up ads appearing through certain websites, and they cited DrudgeReport.com and WhitePages.com as possible examples," the spokesperson said in an e-mail statement. "Our non-partisan systems administrator notified both Majority and Minority staff that this issue had been brought to her attention. It is still not exactly clear where the increase in viruses is coming from, and staff have been advised to be cautious with outside Web sites at all times."
A spokesperson for WhitePages.com did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.
Its a Right Wing Conspiracy ........
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