TechCrunch Europe warns readers to scan their PCs for malware

Filed Under: Malware

At the start of this week I posted a warning on this blog that the TechCrunch Europe website had fallen victim to a hacking attack, and was spreading malware to its readers.

At the time I was concerned that the popular technology blog had referred on Twitter to malware warnings being seen by readers as "annoying", and said that I hoped that aside from cleaning-up the infection by a member of the Zbot malware family, they would also post a message onto their site warning users that they could have been infected.

I'm delighted to say that yesterday evening, TechCrunch Europe posted a brief message advising readers to check their computers with an up-to-date anti-virus product.

Statement from TechCrunch Europe about malware infection

Of course, it would have been nice if TechCrunch had posted a warning on its site as soon as the problem was identified - but this is better than nothing! If you visited TechCrunch Europe's website at the beginning of this week you would be sensible to scan your computer now - just in case.


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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley