When you go to a reputable website, you expect it to be secure. This is especially true when visiting a cyber security website, right? Wrong. Recently, Kaspersky.com, one of the web’s top anti-virus distributors proved that even high security sites are vulnerable when it comes to getting hacked.
Kaspersky confirmed that on Sunday, October 17th, someone hacked into the website and installed a malware virus designed to look like a fake anti-virus program download.
“As a result of the attack, users trying to download Kaspersky Lab’s consumer products were redirected to a malicious website,” the anti-virus vendor, Kaspersky, said. The website caused a pop-up window to appear that simulated a virus scan of the user’s PC, and offered to install an antivirus program that was in fact bogus.
After about three and a half hours of hosting malware, Kaspersky realized what had happened and removed it from the website. As a cyber security company, Kaspersky felt obligated to do a complete audit of the website to ensure the safety its users expect.
“Kaspersky Lab takes any attempt to compromise its security seriously,” the company said. “Our researchers are currently working on identifying any possible consequences of the attack for affected users, and are available to provide help to remove the fake antivirus software.”
If anyone has fallen victim to this malware attack, they should contact Kaspersky immediately. This sort of malware is common on the Internet and is sometimes very difficult to close when it pops up. Security experts say the safest thing to do when one of these fake antivirus messages pops up is to shut down the web browser. On Windows, this can be done by pressing ctrl-alt-delete and ending the browser process in the Task Manager.