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[Saturday 19th April 2008 at 12:20 pm]
Thomas

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You don't expect to see a malware attack on your LiveJournal friends page of all places. Fortuantly Norton caught it before it could do anything.

Rumour on the internet is that there's a string of banner ads that eventually redirect to malware.
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[User Picture]From: omgimsuchadork
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11:28 am (UTC)
Funny that this post was first on my f-list this morning, because I got attacked just now. Whaaaat? I thought I was safe. ;-;
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 12:00 pm (UTC)
This isn't the first site where I've heard of this happening. If you've got a decent internet security package you should be safe.
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[User Picture]From: tau_iota_mu_c
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11:54 am (UTC)
GET A LUNIX!
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[User Picture]From: tau_iota_mu_c
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11:56 am (UTC)
Wow. I had never actually seen banner ads on Livejournal despite everyone having been complaining about them for a few months. And they have just appeared on your comments page.

But that's a really unsophisticated attempt by whomever to try to hijack my browser that is running under Lunix.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11:59 am (UTC)
I currently have a sponsored account, which means if you're not logged in with a paid account you'll see ads on my journal.

I used to have a paid account, but didn't renew it because their payment site had security problems. It loaded a couple of images over HTTP, and so IE quite rightly decided the site wasn't secure. They fixed that a while back, but I never got round to upgrading.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11:56 am (UTC)
Why is it that whenever there's a security exploit affecting Windows, people shout "get Linux", but when it's Linux that's affected no-one shouts "get Windows"?

It's the same with browsers - when was the last time you heard someone say "get Internet Explorer, it doesn't have $securityhole that Firefox has"?
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[User Picture]From: tau_iota_mu_c
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11:59 am (UTC)
Probably because we're self righteous bastards.

I just added these to opera's blocked content:
http://sixapart-images.adbureau.net/sixapart/*
http://*.googlesyndication.com/pagead/*
I wonder why I hadn't needed to add them before?
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 12:02 pm (UTC)
Pass, maybe they've been served under a different URL before. They use a lot of google adverts here, so if you use ad-blocking (I don't) I'm surprised you actually saw them.
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[User Picture]From: jecook
Saturday 19th April 2008 at 1:30 pm (UTC)
Indeed.

I use a customized HOSTS file to redirect quite a number of ad serving sites to localhost; the NoScript and Ad-Block Plus add-ins for Firefox do the rest for me.

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[User Picture]From: link077
Sunday 20th April 2008 at 8:50 pm (UTC)
Because Internet Explorer tends to have far more $securityholes than Firefox has ever had ;-).
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