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The website of Super Glue became bunged up with a malicious script earlier this week as part of a tricky problem that was only resolved on Wednesday.

Prior to their removal of malicious redirection scripts, visitors to the world-famous adhesive maker's site were redirected to a site punting crud, Avast software warned. It added that the site - supergluecorp.com - was infected for at least five days since Friday, during which time surfers were redirected through a series of other sites to a payload dump which is currently dormant.

The malicious dump site, hosted in Russia, is likely the drop off point for a scareware scam, but all manner of mischief might have been possible. Super Glue site surfers were placed at risk until the adhesive maker cleared up the problem on Wednesday afternoon.

Avast informed Super Glue Corp. by email and telephone about the malware prior to going public on the problem.

The malware was first reported to Avast via its CommunityIQ cloud-based detection system on 5 August. Avast's techies confirmed the infection and flagged the site as a potential problem to Avast users. Other less prominent sites have been affected by the same attack, it added.

While infected JavaScript downloaders or redirectors are a commonplace attack tactic, the specific AVF Trojan at the super glue site is not. “It's not in the top fifty malware rankings, but it has already been reported in over 500 sites today,” said Alena Varkockova, a virus lab analyst at Avast. ®

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