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Repeated malware warnings for NJ.com website

I have been a daily visitor to for years. I have never had any serious problems, other than the occasional pop-up, which somehow (I wonder how) manages to sneak past my web browser’s pop-up blocker.

However, since I started using last week, about half of the pages on NJ.com are being flagged as containing and display a message similar to this one. Other browsers, such as the latest versions of Google Chrome and Firefox, generate no warnings and display the requested NJ.com pages. So what is going on? Is Yandex Browser throwing false positives, or are other browsers failing to block potentially harmful malware?

Yandex Browser is built by the Russian internet search giant Yandex. The browser is based on the open-source code, and uses security data from — a respected antivirus and IT security company headquartered in the UK.

I have alerted a contact at NJ.com to this issue.

Yandex Browser blocks malware

After I made Yandex Browser my default browser, many social media friends poked fun at me, as expected. Jokes about Russian hackers started flying (at least I think they were jokes).

Yandex Browser honeymoon continues

Today Yandex Browser justified my trust. After clicking on a Twitter link from a very reputable source, Yandex Browser navigated to The Atlantic, then instantly threw a malware warning (screenshot below). I have seen similar warnings from Google Chrome.

Yandex browser malware warning
Yandex browser malware warning

Full text of warning:

Visiting www.theatlantic.com
may harm your computer

A webpage on www.theatlantic.com is attempting to download information from cdn.komoona.com, which contains malware. The owner of the site may be completely unaware of any malware installed on the site by hackers.

You can see more detailed information about the threat or a cached version of the site on the threat information page.

Ignore warning Leave this page

Google Chrome blocks Twitpic

UPDATE January 5, 2013 10:43 AM: The issue apparently went away the following day.

UPDATE December 30, 2012 6:43 PM: Still blocked.

UPDATE December 30, 2012 3:51 PM: Twitpic says working to fix the notice, trying to contact Google.

Wow! Google Chrome now blocks access to Twitpic.com with this ominous message (screenshot below):

Danger: Malware Ahead!

Google Chrome has blocked access to this page on twitter.com.

Content from twitpic.com, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware.

Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion.

Google Chrome Twitpic malware warning screenshot
Google Chrome Twitpic malware warning screenshot

 

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