MySQL.com hacked for second time in a year

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The MySQL.com website has been struck by cybercriminals, who hacked their way in to serve up malicious code to visiting computers.

Simply visiting the home page of the website, initiated a Java exploit that downloaded and executed malicious code on visiting Windows computers. No user interaction was required for PCs to become infected.

The hack was first publicly reported by security researchers at Armorize, and appears to no longer be present.

Brian Krebs reports that just a few days ago he noticed on a Russian underground website that a hacker was offering to sell admin rights to MySQL.com for $3000.

The attraction for malicious hackers is obvious – MySQL.com reportedly receives almost 12 million visitors a…

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.

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