Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Gadgets & Tech
  3. Internet

Yahoo malware scandal affecting millions

See also

Yahoo users have been under attack this weekend through the Yahoo ad network which is placing malicious malware on millions of computers, laptop, and PDA’s around the world. A blog post on Fox IT estimates that some 300,000 users per hour are being hit, with some 27,000 users being infected instantly.

The malware seems to target Java programs, a software that many have long considered to be a security hazard. It is known to redirect traffic to domains hosted in the Netherlands. The hardest hit countries seem to be in the UK, France and Romania.

According to ZDNet, the infected ads were originally hosted by the following domains:

  • (
  • (, registered on 1 Jan 2014
  • (
  • (, registered on 1 Jan 2014
  • (

The Washington Post is reporting that Yahoo first became aware of the trouble back on Dec 30 and has been working diligently to resolve the issue. In an emailed statement from Yahoo just yesterday, the spokeswoman says,

"At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously…We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity."

Message Boards on CNN are quick to point out an easy solution for the average consumer. AdBlock is a freeware plugin that keeps these types of advertisements from popping up, ads that your computer’s popup blocker traditionally miss.


Don't Miss

  • Massive
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Games Exclusive
  • iPhone
    Get your wallet ready: The next iPhone could cost $100 more than your last one
    Tech Buzz
  • Civ
    Need to catch up on 'Sid Meier's Civilization'? Here is everything you need to know
    Games Feature
  • Google Glass
    See how Google Glass is letting sick kids go to the zoo without leaving the hospital
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Games Feature
  • Google
    Google has filed for a patent to develop contact lenses capable of taking photos

Related Videos:

  • Roku Streaming Stick - HDMI version
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Syren Pro
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Omniverse hypothesis prevails over Mars opposition
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!