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Tourism Site of Myrtle Beach Hit by Malware Attack

Southcarolinaradionetwork.com reported on 10th July, 2014 quoting a new report as "Myrtle Beach was one of the many North American cities whose tourism websites were attacked by a malware virus during 4th July (2014) holiday weekend."

Proofpoint Inc. provides data security to companies and they said that when travelers visit one of the infected websites, a web exploit kit is run which downloads additional malware into their machine.

However, it's a matter of serious concern that the exploit being used can't be detected easily with conventional antivirus solutions. Proofpoint tested the piece of malware and discovered that it could bypass all 51 antivirus products on Virus Total except four which makes it a dangerous exploit for consumers.

Southcarolinaradionetwork.com published a statement on 10th July, 2014 according to which Brad Dean, President of Chamber of Commerce of Myrtle Beach said that Simpleview which manages VisitMyrtlebeach.com promptly fixed the problem.

Dean added "presently we are not aware of any reports of affected visitors by this situation. However, we will continue to monitor carefully, address and ensure the safety of our website visitors of any cyber-related threats."

Proofpoint said that besides Myrtle Beach other destinations like Boston, Houston, Salt Lake City, Monterey, Victoria, Rochester and Utah Valley were also affected by the malware virus.

Marketwatch published news during first week of July 2014 quoting a response to the discovery by Mike Horn, Vice President , Threat response products of Proofpoint as "This is a good example of how badly protected websites facilitate the distribution of malwares. Users might be directed to these sites by a search engine without having any idea that they can be infected by just visiting these sites. We are also seeing many phishing campaigns which direct people to the legitimate travel sites which are infected with malware by hackers."

Myrtlebeachonline.com published news on 9th July, 2014 quoting Horn as saying "we suspect that websites have been compromised for sometime but attackers were carefully attacking for utmost effect."

Moreover, it is not just tourism websites that are maligned with malware as security firm Websense too observed in the fourth week of June 2014 that a popular men's portal AskMen.com was also tarnished with malware.

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