Green WOT website, Firefox warns me of 'attack page' malware

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Ornithophilia
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Green WOT website, Firefox warns me of 'attack page' malware

Post by Ornithophilia » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:33 am

this WOT scorecard says all nice things about the website http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/omg-facts.com?utm_source=addon&utm_content=popup-donuts that appeared on my facebook newsfeed, but Firefox warns me of attack page malware... please rate this as malicious content as Firefox give this warning...

the actual link I got the warning on
hxxp://omg-facts.com/view/Facts/55760?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Facebook-231435026494&utm_content=FBPagePost

Armored
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RE: Green WOT website, Firefox warns me of 'attack page' malware

Post by Armored » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:02 pm

<quote user="justinrpg">
please rate this as malicious content as Firefox give this warning
[/quote] Firstly I strongly recommend you don't ever base your ratings let alone tell others how to rate solely on a "firefox warning". False Positives do happen.

Now in regards to the URL referenced. It seems like OMG facts was using a dodgy ad-partner in the past around December last year. This partner did serve malware, and it is [url=http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://www.omg-facts.com/lists/325/9-Reasons-To-Be-Scared-Of-Google/3%3FfromP&hl=en: t=_self]listed on Google Safebrowsing[/url], which in turn triggered the Firefox warning because Firefox uses GSB as part of it's malware security. Chrome users will also receive a warning when visiting.

Google SafeBrowsing produces FP's sometimes, but this time it seems to have got it right because OMG-facts.com admits they had malware on their site in the past. Have a read of [url=https://twitter.com/OMGFacts/status/285773524017221632 t=_self] this warning message [/url] they put up on their Twitter account. They were letting people know that the add-partner has been given the boot and the Malware is no longer on their website. Apparently the listing will be removed soon from GSB

I visited the site and it does seem like the malware is no longer there.(anybody with time care to look at the source code?:)) But I must say I don't trust that website regardless and consider it to be one major piece of rubbish. I mean on one page, they use 64 trackers and over 200 cookies!-most cookies were associated with the trackers. No P.P can justify that.
Also some of the advertisements that come up on the website are promoting scams.
One example: 12-rules-to-flat-stomach.com I also noticed an sms subscription scam promoted via the ads.

I do not believe the website owners of omg-facts.com care about the safety of it's visitors. All they care about is revenue. . .

So I agree, this website doesn't deserve the excellent ratings it has. .


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