Monday, June 30, 2008

Amercian Spectator Hosting Badware...Again?

Search for the Conservative Magazine "The American Spectator" in Google and you get the following warning: "this site may harm your computer". It is what Google tells you if the pages in question are suspected of harboring "malware". In this case, Google reports:

Of the 97 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 2 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 06/29/2008, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 06/24/2008.

Malicious software includes 1 scripting exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 4 new processes on the target machine.

The Spectator has been tagged for this twice in the last six months. Hilariously enough, given the magazine's right-wing ideology, these warnings are often generated after third party hackers, working out of Panama or the former Soviet Union, have added malicious code to legitimate sites. Cold war redux, anyone?

A "scripting exploit", by the by, is this.


Ti-Guy said...

Is there any information about what the malware does?

In any case, don't discount a domestic campaign against The American Spectator. It is, remember, a fetid nest of neoconservatism. Letting neoconservatism run its course unimpeded is in the best interests of the Russians and the Chinese, as far as I'm concerned.

bigcitylib said...

I put in a link to a "scripting exploit" def. Sounds like it can steal data off your computer.

Ti-Guy said...

Hmpf. What data are they going to steal from the conserva-tards who visit The American Spectator?

We all know where the Internet porn sites are.

Questionworld said...

Must be a malicious communist or otherwise far-left way of getting conservative information and counter-news to be censored. Maybe it isn't Google's fault, but the fault of some malicious strong liberals that are not affiliated with Google.