Malware-spiked adverts hit Star Tribune website

Graham Cluley

The Star Tribune, the largest newspaper in the state of Minnesota, has confirmed that visitors to its website ( were hit by malicious adverts earlier this week.

The “malvertising” attack, which began on Sunday, spurred the newspaper into disabling all online advertising on Monday afternoon while it investigated the infection, after users began reporting seeing fake anti-virus alerts as they read their daily fix of news.

According to the newspaper, scared users were told that their computers had a security problem and urged to cough up some cash for a “fix” from the internet.

Regular readers of the Clu-blog will recall that last September the New York Times was hit by a similar case of malvertising, and in the past a wide variety of media outlets (such as the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.