Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/16/google_popbitch_viral_warning/

Google pops warning on Popbitch

Malicious gossip

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 16th September 2010 11:17 GMT

Google has slapped a viral warning on popular UK gossip website Popbitch.

Surfers attempting to visit the site were warned by Google's Safe Browsing tool on Thursday that the site may harm their computer. The warning followed the detection by Google's automated tools of attempts to download malicious software onto their PCs.

Of the 18 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 13 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-09-16, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-09-16.

Malicious software includes 1 exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 2 new process(es) on the target machine.

Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including blamesllek.com/, urihq.com.

This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS15418 (FASTHOSTS).

Such warnings often arise either after hackers plant malicious scripts on a site, or as the result of tainted banner ads. The exact cause of Popbitch's problems remain unclear at the time of writing.

Popbitch publishes an edgy weekly newsletter every Friday that specialises in celebrity gossip and frequently skirts the limits of libel law. Much of its material is generated by the postings of showbiz insiders on its message boards. ®