Hackers bought ad space directly from New York Times

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The hackers who exposed innocent internet users to malicious computer code, bought the advertising space on the New York Times website directly from the newspaper it has been revealed.

According to a report published on the New York Times website, the hackers posed as internet telephone company Vonage, and persuaded NYTimes.com to run ads that initially appeared as legitimate online adverts.

It is believed that the adverts were switched to the malicious content late on Friday, causing pop up messages to appear on readers’ screens warning them that their computer had been infected, and urging them to install and purchase fake anti-virus software.

Vonage had advertised on the New York Times before, meaning the newspaper felt comfortable…

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.