Malware Plagues London Stock Exchange Web Site

The London Stock Exchange can’t seem to catch a break. Less

than 48 hours after a technical glitch stopped all trading, Google flagged the

stock exchange’s Web site for malware.

Users trying to get to londonstockexchange.com via Google

Chrome or Mozilla Firefox were shown a warning page on Feb. 27 that warned the

site may contain malware. Chrome and Firefox both use Google’s malware

blocklist to flag suspected sites.

Merely viewing the stock exchange’s main homepage caused

malware to be downloaded in a drive-by attack, Paul Mutton, an information

security consultant based in Wiltshire, England, wrote on the High

Severity security blog. He was alerted to the issue by some users on

Twitter.

Google’s

Safe Browsing feature provides diagnostic information for the site’s

malware history. “Of the 281 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days,

65 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed

without user consent,” the diagnostic page read on Sunday. The diagnostic page

claimed to have found two scripting exploits, two Trojans, and one exploit. A

successful infection resulted in an average of five new processes on the

compromised machine, according to the page.

For more, read the eWeek article: London Stock Exchange Site Served Up Malicious Ads, Fake AV.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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