The hack occurred into Thursday morning stated NBC.com security experts. Also, they believe that visitors to the website NBC.com may have infected their computers with malware. NBC.com was taken down earlier today and has since been brought back up. NBC.com security experts are still cautioning visitors to not visit the website until further notice. They believed the malware that numerous web browsers warned visitors of, could be used for fraud or spying on the visitors computer.
NBC.com issued a response to the hack stating, there was a problem that they are working on, and they are investigating the origin and severity of the attack.
SurfRight online security firm responded to the NBC.com attack in their latest blog post with the details of the malware that was infecting visitors to NBC.com. The malware used by the hackers is known at the Citadel Trojan. It's used by hackers for banking fraud and identity theft.
NBC.com's security firm Securi issued a statement on the attack that it's being investigated and the severity of the malware infection. They recommend that no one should visit NBC.com until further notice is given that the website is safe to visit.
The hack was found to be a two pronged attack:
There were two exploits links on the NBC website, one on the homepage and another deeper inside the site's code, reported the HitmanPro security blog."
Company websites have to be wondering if this is part of the Chinese hacker attacks that was brought upon the New York times in past weeks? Or is this part of a grand scheme with the Anonymous hacker group? Or could an unnamed hacker group be behind all of this and these small attacks are only the start of something much bigger?
All visitors to the NBC.com website are recommended to install the latest virus and malware updates from their antivirus program, run a full system scan, and to also run an online scan of their computer from their virus providers website. NBC.com will be issuing further statements by tomorrow or Monday.