U.S. media company NBC Universal said late on Thursday that its NBC.com
website was safe to visit following a security scare prompted by reports
that it was infected with malicious software designed for banking fraud
and cyber espionage.
"A problem was identified and it has been
fixed," an NBC Universal spokeswoman told Reuters. She declined to
elaborate on the nature of the problem.
Earlier on Thursday,
several security experts had advised Internet users to avoid the site
altogether, saying it had been compromised by malicious software.
Dutch computer security firm SurfRight said on its HitmanPro blog that
the site of its NBC television network was tainted with viruses known as
the Citadel and ZeroAccess that are used for banking fraud, cyber
espionage and other computer crimes.
The NBC spokeswoman said she
could not confirm whether any users had been infected. But she said that
no account information about users of the site had been compromised.
in the day, Facebook Inc blocked users from accessing the NBC.com
website following reports that the site was infected with a computer
Facebook users were told "This link has been reported as abusive" on Thursday when they attempted to access the NBC.com website.
NBC is controlled by Comcast Inc, which is buying out minority owner General Electric Co.
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