Hackers exploit NBC.com to spread malware
Several security analysts issued warnings today that hackers were distributing malware from the website of NBC, one of the top four TV networks.Several security analysts issued warnings today that hackers were distributing malware from the website of NBC, one of the top four TV networks.
Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter and well-known internet security expert who writes the blog Krebs on Security, told The Verge that the hackers inserted code into the NBC.com homepage. This caused visiting browsers to load pages from third-party sites that were compromised.
“The compromised sites tried to foist the Citadel Trojan, a variant of the Zeus Trojan,” Krebs said. The Zeus is a “sophisticated data theft tool that steals passwords and allows attackers to control machines remotely.”
NBC News reported that NBC confirmed that its site had been attacked. The broadcaster released the following statement regarding the website: “We’ve identified the problem and are working to resolve it. No user information has been compromised.”