KOMU.com Eliminates Suspicious Content After Hacker Attack

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 06 2014 Feb 6, 2014 Thursday, February 06, 2014 3:41:00 PM CST February 06, 2014 in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director

COLUMBIA - An unknown hacker attacked numerous websites over the past three days, including a third-party ad server used by KOMU.com.

"Despite warnings you may have experienced, we want to assure you KOMU.com is safe and has not transmitted viruses," said Marty Siddall, general manager of KOMU 8.

The problem started when a hacker inserted malicious code on an ad server owned by KOMU 8's content management service, Synapse Multimedia. The code was intended to redirect traffic.

KOMU 8 is putting safeguards in place to prevent such malicious attacks in the future.

"We take the safety of our customers and visitors very seriously," Siddall said.

Users began seeing malware warnings early Tuesday morning stating the site was unsafe.

KOMU 8 immediately began working with Synapse Multimedia, which deleted the malicious code.

Soon after, Google and other watchdog sites scanned KOMU.com and took it off various blacklists.

Then the Synapse server was hacked again. At that point, KOMU 8 decided to completely remove it from the site.

KOMU 8's IT deparment said doing so has eliminated the suspicious content. The station has asked Google and other watchdog sites to once again remove KOMU.com from their blacklists.

"We understand your concern when warnings pop up alerting you to potentially dangerous material," Siddall said. "Your trust is a top priority, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused."

 

 

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