TechCrunch Europe serves up malware attack

Graham Cluley
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Updated The European website of TechCrunch (, one of the world’s most popular blogs, appears to have fallen victim to hackers, who have planted a malicious script on their site, designed to infect unsuspecting visitors.

TechCrunch Europe posted a message on its Twitter feed earlier today describing warnings about malware being distributed via the site as “annoying”. Perhaps a rather unusual turn of phrase, which might suggest to observers that the warnings were erroneous rather than the result of a serious security problem.

A closer examination of TechCrunch Europe’s site reveals that the offending code – which uses a malicious iFrame – is found in a JavaScript file, used by the site as part of its WordPress infrastructure. This attempts to serve up a malicious PDF file, exploiting a vulnerability that brings to your…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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