NBC.com HACKED to spread bank account-raiding Trojan

'No user info compromised' insists US telly network


The website of US TV network ‪NBC‬ was hacked to deliver Java and PDF exploits.

The attack against NBC.com - which hosts entertainment and TV content - used a cybercrime toolkit called Redkit that was ultimately aimed at delivering Citadel, a banking Trojan. NBC acted promptly to cleaned up its promotional site, admitting the problem on NBCNews.com, part of its NBC News Digital group, which it said was not affected by the hack.

It's unclear how many people were affected. An analysis of the attack by security consultancy Fox-IT can be found here. A blog post by anti-virus firm Eset can be found here.

"We’ve identified the problem and are working to resolve it. No user information has been compromised," NBC said in a statement.

NBC News Digital credited security researcher Ronald Prins of Fox-IT in the Netherlands with tweeting the first warning about the problem. Prins tweeted a warning against visiting NBC.com yesterday morning, saying it was spreading malware. ®


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