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CNN switched to MSNBC

The malware spamming out CNN alerts is now picking on MSNBC. The links do lead to malware advise your users not to click on them! I have seen hundreds this morning, and a number of readers have written in about them.The headlines vary, but they all appear to start "BREAKING NEWS".

Adrien de Beaupré


Adrien de Beaupre

353 Posts
ISC Handler
Aug 13th 2008
Found on our mail system the subjects begin with - BREAKING NEWS:

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And it's the same group as were sending out the CNN alerts, because the hijacked servers are the same, with the same page and exploit. (
got another one saying 'Yang gives up control of Yahoo"
Aaaand now the landing pages have switched to MSNBC-themed pages instead of CNN-themed. The structure is otherwise identical, though. (Well, instead of the antivirus popup, they now have an antivirus popup. But otherwise identical exploits.)

649 Posts
ISC Handler
The following contains detailed analysis for bogus MSNBC and CNN news:

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