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Facebook blocked links to and its other related sites after a multi-site compromise on Thursday. It appears that the American TV network’s websites were infested with RedKit malware. The malware remained on the various sites for a few hours and users who visited the sites may have fallen victim to the malware. According to ZDNet, tens of thousands of people may be affected.

Facebook joined others in preventing its users from accessing the infected site. Companies like Bitly and Google also warned users before entering any NBC-related domains.

NBC’s websites contained an iFrame which redirected users to the RedKit malware. Soon after, NBC changed all of the affected site pages with clean pages, making the new pages safe to visit. Facebook is now allowing links to and its affiliated sites.

A RedKit infection begins when a user visits an affected site, directing them to a RedKit landing page. RedKit then sends out the Citadel banking trojan (a type of Zeus trojan). The malware functions by targeting weak spots in apps like Java and Adobe Reader.

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Are you a regular user of and its related sites? Did you visit the site yesterday during the time it was most affected? Do you think Facebook handled the situation properly by blocking access to and its affiliated sites? 

Source: CNET via ZDNet

  1. Bobster
    January 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    NBC is now blocking my comments that use FB.

  2. EdmarJohn SanDiego
    February 23, 2013 at 2:22 am

    its cool i dont even go to

  3. Roger Caldwell
    February 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    What would you expect? They are owned by Communist-Cast now. So if there programming line-up didn't already suck bad enough, now they'll give you a drive by trojan. It's what they call value-added programming. (like the spyware they try to install when you get cable modem service from those bunch of crooks)

  4. madstockbroker
    February 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    who pays attention to their tabloid anyway..??

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