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If you are looking for a fresh dose of Malware Virus, try visiting the gadget web site Gizmodo, who for the last week have been dishing up advertising laced with a virus.

The site which attracts over 3 millions visitors a day has according to the security firm Sophos, been delivering advertisements “laced with malware”.

A statement on the Gizmodo website claims that they were tricked into running Suzuki adverts which were in fact from hackers.

It follows a similar problem on the New York Times website.

Last month the New York Times’ website was targeted by a gang of hackers who purchased ad space on the site by posing as internet telephone company, Vonage.

In both cases the adverts served up fake anti-virus software – known as scareware.

Web security firm Dasient estimated meanwhile that more than 640,000 websites were infected with malware and said “attackers are focusing more than ever on compromising legitimate websites and using them to distribute malware.”

Dasient, in a blog post on Tuesday, said it had identified more than 52,000 Web-based malware infections in the third quarter of the year.

 

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