Metafilter Yemen post contains link to malicious site August 9, 2011 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Meta Filter post links to malicious download site.

This link contained in this Meta Filter post about Yemen directed me to a site that was reported by my antivirus software as attempting to download high severity intrusion exploit kits = Beware.

Neat pictures, though.
posted by No Shmoobles to MetaFilter-Related at 12:48 PM (36 comments total)

Huh. I get no such warning (on a computer that has anti-virus software up the wazoo). No one else in the thread is reporting it either.
posted by rtha at 12:51 PM on August 9, 2011


Google says it's ok. In GOOG we trust.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 12:53 PM on August 9, 2011


Flag as 'Other' and hit the Contact link in the bottom right hand corner of any page. 'Cause there's not much to discuss here (aside from rtha's experience, to which mine is similar), and notifying the mods directly is much more effective.

Nothing to discuss here, folks!
posted by carsonb at 12:55 PM on August 9, 2011


What is the AV software in question?
posted by Sys Rq at 12:55 PM on August 9, 2011


This seems more of an email the mods kind of thing than a MetaTalk referendum kind of thing.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:56 PM on August 9, 2011


Yeah, false positives happen a lot with antivirus software. Of course you should be careful, but we don't usually remove a link unless we have several different people using different software reporting a problem.

If there's something funny going on at a *.metafilter.com domain that's a different story. We act to change things very quickly in that case. We can't police the entire Web for people, but we can make sure our own ship is in shape.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:56 PM on August 9, 2011


This seems more of an email the mods kind of thing than a MetaTalk referendum kind of thing.

especially because people who missed the thread might just go ahead and click it despite the warning...

I mean, it's not like anyone would be like that...

(those pictures ARE beautiful...and I'm having to PC problems yet)

posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:58 PM on August 9, 2011


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posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:04 PM on August 9, 2011


carsonb: "Flag as 'Other' and hit the Contact link in the bottom right hand corner of any page. 'Cause there's not much to discuss here (aside from rtha's experience, to which mine is similar), and notifying the mods directly is much more effective. "

Some of us wouldn't mind a warning, between the time the contact form is sent and the time the mods respond to it. Thanks for posting this Meta.
posted by zarq at 1:04 PM on August 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


I bet that post is responsible for the stock market slump.
posted by blue_beetle at 1:18 PM on August 9, 2011


I scanned the site using VirusTotal and Google Safe Browsing - nothing. Perhaps the call is coming from inside the house?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:23 PM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


@ Sys Rq = Norton Antivirus
posted by No Shmoobles at 1:37 PM on August 9, 2011


@ Sys Rq = Norton Antivirus

Some of us consider Norton to be a virus in itself. Just saying...
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:39 PM on August 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


@ Foci for Analysis = Not LOLing, but fondly remembering years spent as a PC repair tech (insert heart hate icon).
posted by No Shmoobles at 1:47 PM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ooh yes, the internet. It's bloody wild out there, I tell you! It's wild like Tottenham! Stay in your homes! Do not attempt to use the browser!
posted by Decani at 1:49 PM on August 9, 2011


Egads, the at thingy has grown an equals sign!

The endtimes are upon us!

posted by Sys Rq at 1:53 PM on August 9, 2011


Egads, the at thingy has grown an equals sign!

@ Sys Rq = Insert anime-style drawing of Billy Idol sneering as user avatar icon.

@ whatever and anything = insert MySpace tiled background of kittens in bomber jackets and sunglasses.

= = = wink!
posted by No Shmoobles at 2:10 PM on August 9, 2011


Norton AV = quite frequently full of poop
posted by koeselitz at 2:49 PM on August 9, 2011


Normally I would constrain myself to feeling privately sanctimonious when someone breezes into a MeFi thread and drops an @username. But @ username? Great blazing spacebar Shmoobies, you're using an annoying convention in the wrong place incorrectly!

Then again, who the heck cares what grumpy old me thinks about MeFi conventions? Carry on sir!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 2:49 PM on August 9, 2011


I would run an extra scan just to be safe. The virus seems to be inserting the @ character at the front of the names of people you're responding to.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:51 PM on August 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


I went to a MeFi convention once.

Then I broke it.
posted by ODiV at 2:52 PM on August 9, 2011


Your mom downloads high severity intrusion exploit kits
posted by killdevil at 3:07 PM on August 9, 2011


No really, her computer is heavily infected due to outdated Internet Explorer usage.
posted by killdevil at 3:09 PM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


"@ Sys Rq = Norton Antivirus"

I don't understand how SysRq equals Norton Antivirus. Or why there's an "@" in there. Are you typing from a command line?
posted by Eideteker at 3:43 PM on August 9, 2011


@ = !@#$ my %^&* you &%$#s I was just trying to be helpful (But am amused. Get yer snark on!).
posted by No Shmoobles at 3:50 PM on August 9, 2011


@ everyone = this is the new cool way to communicate

@ No Shmoobles = we all owe you big-time, sir
posted by koeselitz at 4:00 PM on August 9, 2011


@ twitter followed me home. Can I keep it?
posted by Cranberry at 4:05 PM on August 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


nana nana nana nana
nana nana nana nana
B@MAAAAAAN
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:19 PM on August 9, 2011 [8 favorites]


but we can make sure our own ship is in shape.

If MetaFilter was a ship, I wonder what it would look like.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:20 PM on August 9, 2011


Something like this, I suppose.
posted by carsonb at 4:30 PM on August 9, 2011


There was a couple in China that wanted to name their daughter @
posted by Sailormom at 6:25 PM on August 9, 2011


woka-woka.
Is the front page sidebar slowloading tonight for anyone?
posted by clavdivs at 7:22 PM on August 9, 2011


Yeah, slow occasionally for me too. Looks like the The Deck ad servers are having some trouble. If you hide those ads the sidebar will be speedy again. You can always log out and back in to reset the The Deck ad down the road.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:58 PM on August 9, 2011


I cleared history and refreshed the browser (dam thing screams Windows BRINE!) signed out then in, hid the deck and clicked on contact activity, clicked back.
working smooth, slight-slight lag but probably on this end.
posted by clavdivs at 9:07 PM on August 9, 2011


@No_Shmoobies cool new way to communicate = already obsolete.

All the cool kids are using Google+ conventions these days.
[+1]
posted by misha at 11:03 PM on August 9, 2011


Sorry my FPP caused any concerns. Sounds like it is OK after all, though.

I bet that post is responsible for the stock market slump.

Actually, the U.S. markets began a huge rebound immediately after I posted. Guess I should post more often?
posted by exogenous at 4:56 AM on August 10, 2011


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