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Official Website of Alagappa University Compromised and Circulating Malware

Alagappa University's (Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India) official website has been compromised by cybercriminals. Access to the university's website via search engine Google has been denied because of the installation of malware. Besides, Google has indexed the website as suspicious, as reported by c2clive on December 15, 2010.

In a test carried by Google during a period of 90 days, of 327 pages on the site, some pages were found infected. Malicious software was installed without the prior knowledge of the user. Successful installation of malicious software including a total of 9 exploit(s), 6 computer Trojan(s), and 2 scripting exploit(s) resulted in an average of a new process on the targeted system.

Disturbingly, the website with the IP address "alagappauniversity.ac.in" seemed to act as a mediator for causing infection to minimum one website.

Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University, S. Sudalaimuthu stated that the matter was being analyzed and handed over to the concerned agency and web service provider for solution, as reported by c2clive on December 15, 2010.

Analyzing the issue, security experts have provided several guidelines or instructions for netizens to follow, pertaining to which, their PCs can enjoy safety from malware.

Security advisors recommended some of the guidelines to the netizens, according to which, they notified that there are few highly trusted website advisers that will offer netizens data, by which they can easily figure out the authenticity of a website. Online security threats are tested by these websites, added the advisors. However, the easiest and trustworthy way to determine the safety of a website is through Google search.

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