eBay auction tool website infected with malware

February 23, 2009 – 7:48 AM

A Trojan horse lurking on servers belonging to Auctiva.com, a Web site offering eBay auction tools, infected people’s PCs last week.

The problem became very public when Google’s malware warning system kicked in as people tried to browse the site, saying Auctiva was infected with malware. Google will display an interstitial page warning people of certain Web sites known to contain malware.

“It appears the reason these virus alert warnings started showing up on our site is because some of our machines were injected with malware originating in China,” according to a post on Auctiva’s community forum. “The malware we believe to be at fault has also hit a number of other high-profile websites over the past six months.”

It appears that the malware targeted Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Auctiva recommended using Firefox, as that browser is “less susceptible to this sort of malware than Internet Explorer.”

“Found eight trojans on my system that seemed to have snuck through my on-access protection, or maybe because, like a fool, I clicked ‘ignore the warning’ to get to Auctiva’s front page,” wrote one user on Auctiva’s forum.


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