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Yesterday while browsing DA I was mysteriously misdirected to a site trying to harm my computer.
Later I found out it was an exploit in the flash code of the Deviant Art ad space http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/05/28/0138247 , Deviant Art is having loading issues for me afterwards and I am worried about compromised security. I am just warning people to be careful when browsing as these attacks continue and don't lose your data :)
Stay protected.
Artist's beware has moved!
Do NOT repost your old bewares. They are being archived.


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May. 29th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Yes, about twice now during the past week I've visited on my (banned) account, and both times have had to entirely reset my computer do to a pop-under-pop-up-whatever that was for an "xp scanner". I'm on a mac...
May. 29th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Jeebus, what browser are you using? I'd imagine Firefox wouldn't cause a Mac to just die!
May. 29th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
how do i know if my machine is hurt? I did get some annoying pop ups of "omg you can be in danger go download this scanning antvirus thing"
or at least I think it was deviant art.
May. 29th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
If you're worried, I suggest downloading AdAware. It's free and easy to use. It should be one of the standard programs on your computer and run at least once a month. :)
May. 29th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
I've ran both adaware and Karpinsky antivirus and neither had turned up anything. I am not sure what it exactly installs. But yes it was some pop-up prompt about downloading an antivirus. I had killed my browser(Firefox) in the task manager to get rid of it.
May. 29th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I downloaded firefox's adblock and it disables 99% of DA's ads and scripts. It also disables certain flash videos on Neopets, which is helpful.

If you're not too keen on firefox, maybe there's an equivalent in the browser you use.
May. 29th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
I have noscript now, but I just thought it be nice to warn people about it :)
May. 29th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
could you tell me where/how to download adblock please? :)
May. 29th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Flashblock is a great thing. :)
May. 29th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
That's scary. I hope DA fixes it soon.

I'm assuming that since the problem is in DeviantArt's ad space, I'll be safe enough while I'm using Firefox extensions NoScript, FlashBlock, and AdBlock, not to mention a paid account that doesn't display ads in the first place.
May. 29th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
My paid account is running out in a few days... I hope they fix it before then!
May. 29th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
This is an issue with all flash in general and has yet to be patched.

Your best bet is to get noscript if you're using firefox
May. 29th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
thankyou for the link :)
May. 29th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Noscript tends to take care of these things for me. It's a pain in the ass to whitelist as you start using it, but it's worth it in the long run.
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