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Malware found on old ‘Guardian’ article about cybercrime

Irony can be used as a weapon.

 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Tech

Be careful what you’re reading.

A 2011 article about hacking on the Guardian was found to be infected with potent malware that can evade detection and jump onto a victim’s computer.

The article is titled “Cybercrime: is it out of control?”

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The answer to the headline might be a simple “yes.”

The malware silently redirects a victim’s connection, attempts to exploit popular vulnerabilities and defeat anti-virus software with the ultimate goal of co-opting the target’s machine.

The malware, known as the Angler Exploit Kit, rose 75 percent in activity this year, according to a recent study.

The Guardian says they’re aware of the problem and are trying to fix it now. 

Until then, be cautious wherever irony can be used as a weapon.

H/T FireEye | Photo via walknboston/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Max Fleishman

 
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