Fake anti-virus attack hits New York Times website readers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

This weekend, readers of the New York Times website NYTimes.com were exposed to danger as the popular media outlet served up malicious adverts to some of its visitors.

According to a posting on the website some readers saw a pop-up messaging warning them that their computer had been infected, and urging them to install fake anti-virus software (also known as scareware):

Aside from a message on its website, The New York Times posted a message on their Twitter feed in an attempt to warn its readers:

It has been reported that the New York Times published a warning on the front page of its website on Sunday (you can see a screenshot…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.