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iPhones and Macs are infected with malicious code
(November 27, 2018, 5:00 a.m. PST, 8:00 a.m. EDT) - Computers and phones are infected with malicious code hiding inside the internet browser of a popular news website.
ClickHole, a computer security services company and developer of vulnerability scanners, found that malicious code has been installed on computers and phones connected to the internet using Chromium, an open source web browser created by Google.
“We were alerted to the malicious code while conducting routine monitoring for security bugs”, said Oliver Hall, co-founder and CEO of ClickHole. “Once we alerted our clients to the issue, they also pointed us to potential infections on their network. We are now reporting to our clients about the issue and are sharing our findings with other companies”.
This is the first time we have seen an attack targeted directly at both Mac and Windows machines. This attack leverages an older vulnerability that has been fixed by Google. There is no evidence to suggest that the attack was tested against ChromeOS.”, Hall added.
If your web browser contains Chrome (6.0.1461.00), Google Chrome (7.00.99), Firefox (33.0.249.00), or Safari (9.0.0000.00), run the following two simple checks to find if your system has been affected:
To check your specific browser, run this file:
To check your OS’ version, run this file: