Reputation Watch: Up Close and Personalby Anvil on May 13, 2010Online Reputation Management
If you’ve recently viewed Reputation Watch, or visited any of the thousands of WordPress blogs that were part of a large-scale malware attack, it’s likely that your browser was hijacked. The virus was disguised to look like a spyware scanner, and told website visitors that their computers were infected. Unfortunately, clicking on the “solution” would install an actual virus on your computer:
This particular virus has infected thousands of WordPress blogs on shared hosting accounts from every hosting company. WordPress still isn’t exactly sure how it was caused.
So that leaves us here, with a blog about Reputation Management that got hijacked by a virus and potentially infected readers’ computers with a virus. Believe me, the irony is not lost on us. We’d like to let our readers know that while we’ve fixed the problem, we’re still investigating its source to ensure that it doesn’t happen to our blog (or any of the others that were hacked) again.