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macmedia1
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Jul 22, 2010, 10:24 AM
 
I just went to the main MacNN page and my Safari browser is reporting that it contains a Malware site - and lists w91t.com as the culprit (probably some advertiser)

Anyone else share the same problem?
     
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Jul 22, 2010, 01:07 PM
 
I got the same message.
     
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Jul 22, 2010, 01:55 PM
 
Yes, there was an issue this morning and this should be resolved now. Sorry for any inconvenience.
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 06:36 AM
 
Hadn't seen this before... Safari (5.0) alerts me that "This site may damage your computer" before allowing me to enter LEGACY.macnn.com (my preferred view). Just noticed it for the first time this morning.

I wonder if the "legacy" subdomain has been compromised? Or are the triggers that Safari uses just now becoming stricter?

If anybody know what violation MacNN | Apple, iPod, Mac news @ The Macintosh News Network might be committing, I'd find that interesting.

[ Note: I get the warning only once (with a confirmation alert). Thereafter I have to delete legacy.macnn.com's cookies to get the warning. ]
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Jul 24, 2010, 11:53 AM
 


FYI (in Google Chrome)
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 12:04 PM
 
Threads merged.

These warnings are because of a rouge advert, looks like it's crept back in again.
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 12:07 PM
 
I'm seeing this as well. It's unfortunate when the main page of the site has a big "do not enter your your computer may be compromised" message...
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 12:13 PM
 
I'm still getting it, too.
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 03:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by seanc View Post
These warnings are because of a rouge advert, looks like it's crept back in again.
In theory I like the idea of getting rid of all rouge adverts. Who makes that call though? Seems like we already have few enough females here as it is. Does MacNN really want to be taking this step? Maybe next you'll be eliminating all the DirectBuy "dream kitchen" advertisements to? What about ads for female clothes - are they gone too? If this keeps up it'll be nothing but a bunch of dudes on the internet, talking about whatever shit they want.

I'm a little disappointed. I'm not gonna lie to you on this one.

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Jul 24, 2010, 03:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
In theory I like the idea of getting rid of all rouge adverts. Who makes that call though? Seems like we already have few enough females here as it is. Does MacNN really want to be taking this step? Maybe next you'll be eliminating all the DirectBuy "dream kitchen" advertisements to? What about ads for female clothes - are they gone too? If this keeps up it'll be nothing but a bunch of dudes on the internet, talking about whatever shit they want.

I'm a little disappointed. I'm not gonna lie to you on this one.

greg


I'm not bashing the adverts because I don't want a kitchen, I'm bashing the advert because it's trying to push malware from an infected site! You have no idea how many scareware infestations I deal with because of those hijacked banner ads (and Internet Explorer (customers!!)). I was suggesting we get rid of whichever one is on w91t.com or someone should fix w91t.com.
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 04:48 PM
 
Rouge v rogue.
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 05:08 PM
 
Damn it! I missed that and totally forgot all that French I learned.
     
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Jul 24, 2010, 06:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
In theory I like the idea of getting rid of all rouge adverts. Who makes that call though? Seems like we already have few enough females here as it is. Does MacNN really want to be taking this step? Maybe next you'll be eliminating all the DirectBuy "dream kitchen" advertisements to? What about ads for female clothes - are they gone too? If this keeps up it'll be nothing but a bunch of dudes on the internet, talking about whatever shit they want.

I'm a little disappointed. I'm not gonna lie to you on this one.

greg
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Jul 25, 2010, 09:08 AM
 
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Jul 25, 2010, 02:05 PM
 
I just got the malware warning.
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 02:15 PM
 
You needn't assume it is a personal message. The warning might refer to the site.
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 03:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
In theory I like the idea of getting rid of all rouge adverts. Who makes that call though? Seems like we already have few enough females here as it is. Does MacNN really want to be taking this step?
I think they're thrown up automatically due to the "iPad" keyword.
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 06:49 PM
 
As of 6:39 PM malware alert still pops up but only when accessing the news site (Apple, Macintosh and iPod latest news headlines | MacNN) directly.
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 06:53 PM
 
I don’t see the alert at all. I suppose I’m served different ads, being in Denmark, and therefore the culprit never makes it to me?
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 06:58 PM
 
Seeing the warning here, as well.
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 06:58 PM
 
Here is Google's take on the offending site.


Safe Browsing
Diagnostic page for w91t.com

What is the current listing status for w91t.com?
Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 210 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-07-25, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-07-25.
Malicious software includes 2898 exploit(s), 365 scripting exploit(s), 216 trojan(s).

This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS6327 (Shaw Communications Inc.).

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, w91t.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?
Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 98 domain(s), including iconator.com/, articlealley.com/, brasilescola.com/.

How did this happen?
In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.

Next steps:
Return to the previous page.
If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google Webmaster Tools. More information about the review process is available in Google's Webmaster Help Center.
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Jul 25, 2010, 07:43 PM
 
All I can comprehend from the page source is that it checks the browser agent for XP and runs something coded in javascript.

I cannot read the language it's written in, some of our linguistics experts probably could.

Note: I do not advise visiting the site unless you are on a computer of which you consider the OS disposable.
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 07:54 PM
 
Hah. That’s quite funny, actually: the JavaScript is written in transcribed Chinese.

There are variables with names such as jintian (today), buyaozaishale (don’t kill any more), zheyangjiubushale (there we go, no more killing now), anlaijiangyidian (let’s decrease N a bit), shanghuishuodao (the last one mentioned), and my own personal favourite: meibanfa (can’t be done/we’re f*cked).
     
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Jul 25, 2010, 08:03 PM
 
Thanks Oisín
     
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Jul 26, 2010, 10:24 AM
 
Im getting the same message from Safari. It started a few days ago.
     
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Jul 27, 2010, 06:42 AM
 
I got it today, 11am GMT. Safari and Google are blocking it. MacNN is listed in Google search as 'may harm your computer'.
     
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Jul 27, 2010, 08:33 AM
 
I got a warning today that MacNN would harm my mental health.

Well, I knew that already, but it's too late. I've turned clinically insane a long time ago

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Jul 27, 2010, 01:47 PM
 
Hello mkbhatia,

I'm still getting the malware alert using Safari on:
www.macnn.com/headlines
legacy.macnn.com

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( Last edited by pnorman; Jul 27, 2010 at 03:52 PM. Reason: clarified with direct links instead of general URL)
     
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Jul 27, 2010, 02:46 PM
 
Happens randomly hitting Apple, Macintosh and iPod latest news headlines | MacNN

Both Safari and Firefox get the alert.
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Jul 27, 2010, 02:50 PM
 
Happens on the "warm ipad" news again. The main page is not acting, so far...
     
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Jul 29, 2010, 09:37 AM
 
Also, I am getting a flash error that something called point.speedroll.com (I think, the error is gone now) is trying to communicate and may be malware. Bad ad?
     
   
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