TechCrunch Europe warns readers to scan their PCs for malware

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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At the start of this week I posted a warning on this blog that the TechCrunch Europe website had fallen victim to a hacking attack, and was spreading malware to its readers.

At the time I was concerned that the popular technology blog had referred on Twitter to malware warnings being seen by readers as “annoying”, and said that I hoped that aside from cleaning-up the infection by a member of the Zbot malware family, they would also post a message onto their site warning users that they could have been infected.

I’m delighted to say that yesterday evening, TechCrunch Europe posted a brief message advising readers to check their computers with an up-to-date anti-virus product.

Statement from TechCrunch Europe about malware infection

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Of course, it would have been nice if TechCrunch had posted a warning on its site as soon as the problem was identified – but this is better than nothing! If you visited TechCrunch Europe’s website at the beginning of this week you would be sensible to scan your computer now – just in case.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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