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Spotify users hit by malware attack

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 27 Mar 2011 18:25 User comments (2)

Spotify users hit by malware attack Users of the popular Spotify music service were hit by malware on Thursday.
Only users of the ad-supported version of Spotify were affected, while Premium users were not reporting any problems. The malware attacked through advertisements that were displayed, attempting to take advantage of a Java-based exploit to deliver a Trojan to vulnerable Windows installations.

Spotify responded to the problem promptly. "We're currently investigating and have pulled all third party display ads that could have caused the problem until we locate the specific advert," the company said.

The malicious third party adverts were probably region-specific, and so the threat is unlikely to have been very widespread and should easily be dealt with. Avast Anti-Virus and AVG are capable of detecting the exploit if attempted.

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2 user comments

127.3.2011 18:49

i use avg and have found it to be very good but i have been reading a few reports questioning its effectiveness recently

227.3.2011 20:40

Avast has been known to detect quite a few trojan/malware exploits, and come highly recommended, and AVG has been proven on the same level as other paid anti-viruses as well, so you can't go wrong with these two programs, especially if you're cost-effective. Personally, I have Kaspersky and it works extremely well and use it with Malbytes Anti-Malware to get rid of malicious programs. Just got rid of one on my dad's computer today. - BLUEBOY

Chance prepares the favored mind. Look up once in a while and you might learn something. - BLUEBOY

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