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Webmasters had to purge the website of former Beatle Paul McCartney after hackers planted malware.

The timing of the attack coincided with a reunion gig between McCartney and Ringo Starr at the David Lynch fundraiser concert in New York on Saturday. Hackers used the occasion, the duo's first joint performance in seven years, and the heightened attention it brought to McCartney's website to upload the crimeware toolkits, LuckySploit, onto the site.

LuckySploit, which was hidden behind an invisible iFrame on the website, was detected by web security services firm ScanSafe on Saturday 5 April at around 12:3opm GMT. The malware toolkit uses browser exploits in an attempt to load banking Trojans onto visiting surfers' Windows PCs.

ScanSafe links the attack to a string of malware-related phishing scams involving the compromise of online banking accounts and powered by the Zeus botnet.

PaulMccartney.com has since been cleansed of infection, ScanSafe reported on Tuesday. More technical details on the attack can be found here. ®

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