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NSA Whistleblower Article Redirects to Malware

(Threatpost) Hackers have latched on to the NSA surveillance story—literally.

A news story on the outing of whistleblower Edward Snowden posted to the Washington Free Beacon is serving malware redirecting visitors to a malicious site where more malware awaits. The Free Beacon site remains infected, according to Invincea researchers, who said they have contacted the news organization about the attack. The story is being linked to by the popular Drudge Report and it’s likely to have snared a pretty good number of victims so far.

The attack on the Free Beacon is similar to a previous watering hole attack carried out against a number of other Washington, D.C.-based mediaoutlets, including radio station WTOP, Federal News Radio and the site of technology blogger John Dvorak. Invincea researcher Eddie Mitchell wrote on the company’s blog that several other Free Beacon pages are also serving javascript, including the site’s main index page. The javascript drops an iframe that sends traffic offsite to a page hosting the Fiesta Exploit Kit…read full article

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