Yahoo on malware from ads: Macintosh unaffected

Yahoo has issued the following statement about their recent ad malware debacle:

At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously. From December 31 to January 3 on our European sites, we served some advertisements that did not meet our editorial guidelines — specifically, they spread malware. On January 3, we removed these advertisements from our European sites. Users in North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America were not served these advertisements and were not affected. Additionally, users using Macs and mobile devices were not affected.

We will continue to monitor and block any advertisements being used for this activity. We will post more information for our users shortly.

Source: Yahoo

MacDailyNews Take: The Microsoft Tax exacts yet another payment from the Windows PC sufferers.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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  1. In the news today – Macs are safer – More news at 11, but it’ll still be the same. Some are reporting that they’re seriously considering moving to Apple’s Macintosh, when asked why, they responded that, it looks like the Macintosh is safer.

    So, the Mac is safer?



    … (cue the crickets) …

    So is it still safer?


    [… and etcetera]

  2. Mac usage is irrelevant hence no one targets them. Stay tuned for a massive breach via iOS as the latter is relevant. Too easy to sit and sing like a self righteous canary like many people who post on here including MDN proper.

    Malware has always been focused on Windows as 1.4 billion machines can be infected. 80 million Mac users does not warrant the effort for Malware to target this tiny amount of machines.

    Written on my MBM Pro 15 RD via Safari. 🙂

    1. “Security through obscurity”? Seriously? Then how do you explain the malware for people who jailbroke their iOS devices with Linux? Must be trillions of those people around…

    2. Ever heard of the Witty Worm, Jim?

      Witty TOTALLY infected a world-wide susceptible population of just 12,000 systems in 45 minutes. Obscurity didn’t help those victims…

      Try another BS argument the next time…

  3. IT doofuses still pushing the old Security through obscurity myth is one of the main reasons why windows will never be fixed and remains so beleaguered.

    The simple answer is Windows is targeted by malware because it’s so full of holes and vulnerabilities that it needs to be patched every frikkin’ tuesday.

  4. When the internet first became popular there was great stuff online. You could for example go to youtube and watch a video that was uploaded.

    These days, with so many people using it businesses are inserting ads everywhere. Watching a youtube video now means having to be subjected to an add or part of one before watching your video.

    Anyone have a screen shot of what MDN looked like say 10 years ago compared to now? Adds litter this site without add blockers.

    I see the net a bit like a highway. When the highway was first put in it was great to drive along and see the country side. These days you have to look for the country side between the ads. The ads themselves not only allow malware to propagate, they have in essence become the malware.

  5. This article reminds me of another irrelevant story — A large palm tree collapses into a watering hole in the Sahara. Homeowners on the banks of the Amazon River unaffected.

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