Gizmodo hit by malware adverts

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Gizmodo, one of the most popular technology and gadget blogs on the internet, has warned that it was distributing malicious adverts to its millions of readers last week, putting them at risk of infection.

In a statement on its website, Gizmodo’s Brian Lam apologised to users who may have visited the site and had their PCs attacked:

Guys, I’m really sorry but we had some malware running on our site in ad boxes for a little while last week on Suzuki ads. They somehow fooled our ad sales team through an elaborate scam. It’s taken care of now, and only a few people should have been affected, but this isn’t something we take lightly as writers, editors and tech geeks. (And we would have noticed sooner except everyone on staff is on OS X or Linux for production machines.) Everything should be cleared up but you should be checking…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.