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HuffPo visitors hit with ‘ransom ware’-infected ads

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Another reason to keep your computers up to date... As reported in the NY Post...

Arianna Huffington spread around a virus — or at least her website did.

Some nasty ads hit visitors to The Huffington Post and other sites in recent days, according to reports.

The malicious ads infected unwitting users with a form of malware that puts their machine in lockdown. Hackers then demand money in exchange for unlocking the PC, according to cybersecurity firm Cyphort. AOL-owned Advertising.com served up the “ransom ware”-infected ads between Dec. 31 and Jan. 5 to HuffPo and other sites. AOL, which happens to own HuffPo, along with other content sites, wouldn’t say how many computers were infected. Many sites use third-party ad networks to deliver ads.

The attack poses a threat to PCs running older versions of Web browsers such as Internet Explorer 8.


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