Security experts were warning Thursday afternoon that consumers might want to avoid visiting NBC.com, after hackers broke into the site early in the day in an attack that apparently made it possible for visitors’ computers to be infected with malware, reports TheWrap.com.
The site was back up Thursday afternoon, but the online security firm SurfRight warned in a blog post that the malware, which it identified as the Citadel Trojan, is used in "banking fraud and cyber-espionage." The post also noted that Facebook was preventing posts to NBC.com.
An NBC spokeswoman said the company was investigating the hacking.
“A number of prominent websites have been hacked in recent weeks,” TheWrap notes. “A New York Times report in January detailing apparent Chinese hackers infiltrating its internal systems prompted a sudden uptick in hacking, or at least in companies admitting to being hacked.”
The piece notes that both Twitter and Facebook have reported significant hacking incidents this month.