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Drudge Report, TechCrunch hit by ad malware

Matt Drudge and Michael Arrington found themselves in an unpleasant position last week when visitors to their sites were targeted by malware that appeared to have come from ads.
Written by Elinor Mills, Contributor on
Matt Drudge and Michael Arrington found themselves in an unpleasant position last week when visitors to their respective Drudge Report and TechCrunch sites were targeted by malware that appeared to have come from ads.

While Drudge vehemently denied it and blamed accusers of playing politics, Arrington acknowledged on Thursday that there had been malware-laden ads on TechCrunch on Wednesday. It's unclear which ad network served up the malware and what type of malware it was, although it was determined to be an ad running JavaScript, he said.

A browser warning that popped up for a blogger at Phat1.com on Wednesday said the TechCrunch ad contained elements from a site that appeared to be hosting malware. A web search on the name of that site produced a result that said the site was associated with a virus, according to a post on Phat1.com.

For more on this story, see When malware strikes via bad ads on good sites on CNET News.

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