ABP news pages were hosting malicious software: Update
Update: As of this writing at
sunrise late Saturday morning, Sept. 18, connections to the The Associated Baptist Press site site and “partner sites” (Texas Baptist Standard, Missouri Word & Way and Virginia Religious Herald) were no long greeted by the cautionary Google message quoted below. Service was slow, often usually timing out and occasionally sporadically usable andgenerally unusable but apparently possibly cleared of the malware infections which led to the cautionary interruption.
On their Facebook page, ABP apologizes for the interruption and recommends users “may want to run virus and malware scans on your computer as a precaution.”
If you run a version of Windows and have accessed one of the affected sites recently, judging from data acquired via search based on Google’s various warnings and Symantec information about one of the infections involved, a thorough malware scan is indeed a good idea. IMHO, not merely as a precaution.
Of the 107 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 13 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-09-17, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-09-16.
You can still visit the site, albeit at some risk. Specifically, as Google explained:
This web page at abpnews.com has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.
Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.
Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
But an attack by “a particularly malicious hacker,” as they say? Well, malicious, certainly. All such attacks are.
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