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Hackers Compromise Fox Sports Website

According to a warning released by security researchers, the Fox Sports website, an integral part of the Fox Broadcasting Company, has gone under the control of unknown hackers. The hackers injected malware inside the 'custom error' section of the site. Two different malicious codes have been found, each as a result of a different infection.

The ThreatSeeker Network of Web-security Company 'Websense' detected the infected page. Having analyzed the dubious web-link, security researchers discovered that it led to a custom document named "Page Not Found," which exhibited itself in the case of 404 fault.

The company states that the first malicious code installs another code, which is associated with an external domain used by cyber criminals earlier. Specifically, it is the most recent Gumblar scam, where the Gumblar web-page appears extremely confusing. However, when unraveled, this page utilizes Flash and PDF exploits for malware execution so that the victim's PC can be unlawfully controlled. Moreover, a piece of Visual Basic Scripting (VBScript) is run for downloading malicious software.

The second malicious code diverts users to a malevolent Internet site on the .cn domain from where it downloads and installs a harmful JavaScript. But the hosting server for this malicious script was offline due to which the security specialists could not identify its nature.

According to the security experts, the Fox Sports page is apparently clean; however, it is not known as to how long the infection remained before its discovery.

Notably, the site is not new to compromises. During October 2009, an iFrame was injected into the Fox Sports site that diverted users to a malware-hosting website, which potentially infected its visitors.

The security experts state that the current assault on Fox Sports raises the question how the site gets repeatedly compromised. Perhaps hackers loaded on it a backdoor Trojan, which keeps giving them access to it. Alternatively, a security flaw inflicts the site which is yet to be fixed.

Nevertheless, although these probabilities aren't substantiated, one thing is definite that if Fox Sports doesn't take preventive measures, it may again face an attack, the experts warn.

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