Cyberattack Targets WTOP.com
May 8, 2013 at 4:08 AM (PT)
The websites of HUBBARD News WTOP and News WFED-A/WASHINGTON were subjected to a cyberattack this week, according to DCRTV.COM.
A message on the WTOP.COM website says that the site "currently dealing with a malicious cyber attack, which attempts to use our site to infect computers with malware when using the Internet Explorer (IE) browser. To help protect our website visitors and prevent any further damage, we have blocked access to WTOP.com from Internet Explorer. We believe Chrome, FIREFOX and Safari are safe alternatives, and suggest you use one of these browsers to access the WTOP website. WTOP's sister website, Federal News Radio.com, was also affected by the attack in the same manner.
"The cyber attack which compromised our web servers injected code into FederalNewsRadio.com and WTOP.com, redirecting vulnerable browsers to rogue websites which spread the FakeAV malware or a variant of it. If you have been on either site recently using IE, you should perform a malware scan to check for an infection and get it cleaned.... WTOP is still in the process of performing a thorough analysis to ensure our systems are free of malicious content. We will update readers and listeners with new information on the situation as soon as it is available.
"We take cybersecurity very seriously, and ensuring that our listeners and readers can safely come to our site is of the utmost importance."
Several major media companies have come under cyberattack in recent weeks, mostly through TWITTER feeds being hacked.