Pregnant Kate Middleton doll leads to malware infection for AOL users

Filed Under: Featured, Malware, Vulnerability

Take care if you visit the main page of AOL UK today - a story about Kate Middleton being pregnant (or rather a doll of a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge) has a nasty sting in its tail.

AOL website, , promoting Kate Middleton doll story

The story, featured prominently on AOL's main webpage, points to a different website - - another part of the AOL media empire.

Story on MyDaily website

The MyDaily website uses a legitimate piece of JavaScript code to "carousel" different adverts on the website. However, hackers have managed to breach security on the site and insert their own line of code.

The code the cybercriminals have injected onto the webpage attempts to run malicious code from a third-party site.

Malicious code injected into the website

Sophos products block the offending webpage as Mal/Iframe-Y.

Malicious hackers love to exploit high traffic websites. Think about it, rather than luring you to visit a site created by a hacker (in order to infect your computer) they can compromise an existing popular website and simply wait for traffic to come their way.

Always run up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer, and ensure that every webpage your computer visits is being scanned for malicious code.

Also, if you run a website - make sure that something like this doesn't happen to you. For more information on securing your website download our technical paper "Securing Websites" published by SophosLabs. In addition to advice on common attack techniques including SQL injection, the paper also discusses establishing a secure foundation for your site and how to deal with external service providers.

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2 Responses to Pregnant Kate Middleton doll leads to malware infection for AOL users

  1. Good lord man, this poses an extreme threat to both of the AOL users that are left! Well, actually one of them has so many bits of malware already on her Packard Bell 133Mhz PC that she can't open Internet Explorer 4 to get on the net any longer, so she's probably not at risk.

    That does leave Minny Wilson, of Beaver's Hat, Iowa in harm's way.


  2. Being pregnant doesn't make things any easier. Your body is already undergoing so many changes, and combined with the demands of the holiday season, it's easy to find yourself, mentally and physical.

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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