People may have been questioning the Internet security practices of Google earlier this month after many people found common sites they would go to were “infected by malware,” according to a warning from the company’s Chrome browser. According to ZDNet, these alerts were issued in response to a hack suffered NetSeer, and advertising partner for several leading websites. Visitors using the Chrome browser were told that they were trying to make way onto a website known for sending out malware.
A spokesperson for NetSeer told the website that the attack didn’t affect the infrastructure of the company’s ad network and said administrators are in the process of working with Google to resolve the program. They said the corporate network was infected by malware which triggered warnings on the end-user machines, but said not to worry, as those who got this message were not in danger of being infected by a bug themselves.
“Our operations team went into all-hands-on-deck mode and we have successfully cleaned the site of the malware issue,” the spokesperson from NetSeer told ZDNet. “We are also working with Google to do an expedited review of the site and remove the site from the malware impacted site-list so that browsing behavior can be restored for all users.”
An update from the website said that Google has removed the ad network from the list of websites infected by malware.
Websites that were said to be affected by this occurrence, according to ZDNet, include:
- The New York Times
- The Huffington Post
- The Street
- ZDNet itself
Avoiding malware from popular websites
Sarah Perez wrote on ReadWrite that a lot of the fear surrounding Internet security threats comes from the use of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. She gave some tips for being safe when surfing these websites that can apply to the majority of web destinations as well, with a big one being not to assume something is safe simply because it came from a friend or well-regarded website.
“Your friend’s account may be infected,” she wrote. “You should never assume that a link is safe just because a friend tweeted it or posted it to your wall. Use your common sense. If it doesn’t sound like something they would say, be wary, don’t click. If you’re unsure, try to contact them through another channel and see if the link is legit.”
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