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Sun-Sentinel contest site infected with malware

A screen shot of the Sun-Sentinel voting ballot taken after 6 a.m. on Feb. 25, 2010

Carlos Miller

As Photography is Not a Crime is battling it out with a local sports blog over the top spot in the Sun Sentinel Best Overall Blog contest, the site that readers are being directed to

A screen shot of the Sun-Sentinel voting ballot taken after 6 a.m. on Feb. 25, 2010

Carlos Miller
As Photography is Not a Crime is battling it out with a local sports blog over the top spot in the Sun Sentinel Best Overall Blog contest, the site that readers are being directed to in order to vote states that it was infected with malware.

This was at least the second time I’ve seen it happen this week.

As of 6:54 a.m. on Thursday, the problem appears to have been resolved. It’s back.

According to Google, this is the third time it’s happened in the past 90 days.

Malicious software includes 85 scripting exploit(s), 14 trojan(s).

Malicious software is hosted on 1 domain(s), including samuest.ru/.

This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS36476 (WEB).

Of the 250 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 90 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-02-25, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-02-25.

This is ridiculous considering I’ve been urging my readers to click over to that site so they can vote for me. When I recently clicked over there this morning, I received the message that is posted above in a screenshot.

Needless to say, I removed the last post where I was asking readers to click over there and vote for me.

As far as I’m concerned, the contest is already tainted. I wonder if this has anything to do with a certain blog – not The Phinsider which is currently in first place – that was receiving a high amount of votes although it appeared that it had no more than two regular readers.

The first time I saw it happen was on Tuesday. I sent an email to Chris Tiedje of the Sun-Sentinel and he said they were working on the problem. It was resolved that same morning. Or so I thought.

I sent him another email about it this morning.

If it happens when they are not manning the computers, then what can we expect this weekend during the last two days of voting?

According to Google, this malware has already affected five domains. Click below for more info.

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