Website Compromised 20th – 22nd June, 2012

I’m very sorry to report that my website was hacked and was delivering malware between 20th – 22nd June, 2012.  Google Chrome picked it up straight away, and my virus checker (MS Security Essentials) cleaned instantly, but if you have visited the site recently, it would be a good idea to clear your browser cache and run a full virus scan.  The two exploits are reported as being:

Trojan:JS/BlacoleRef.BG
Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-0507.AV

Looking at more details of the CVE exploit, it seems that it could have been targeting Macs, but I can’t be sure.  For example, see this link, while the BlacoleRef is targetted at Windows (see this link for a different variant of the same trojan).

If your OS patches and anti-virus are up to date, then there shouldn’t be a problem, but please check to be sure.

After discussing the issue with my web host, we think we have identified how the exploit happened, and fixed the issue (my first attempt at cleaning the virus worked, but the site got reinfected soon after….it’s all clean now).   The free Securi Sitecheck website scanning tool was invaluable in this task, and for this free service, I thank you!

Sorry about this if it’s caused you any issues….normal service should now resume!

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