Virus-Malware Attack at First Things

Thanks to ALL of you who sent messages on the Malware-Virus warning.

First Things website had a Malware attack today. We are working on the problem now. The warning messages should go away by tomorrow afternoon. We have removed the ad script that was causing the problem so there is no chance that you will get an infected browser. It looks like if you run Internet Explorer you won’t see the warning messages but, with Chrome, Safari or Firefox you will still see the messages.
By the way, the attack came from China.

UPDATE: The Anchoress has more.

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  • sliderblaze

    chrome seem fined with me… yup, here i am lol

  • Jim Hoft

    Good to hear, sliderblaze.

  • MikeSilver

    China …… sheeze…. don’t we make anything here any more?

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    The attack came from Communist China? So then we know for sure that the Obama Administration was definitely involved.

  • OxyCon

    AVAST free version caught it for me (IE 8)

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  • The attack came from China.

    Oh, so it wasn’t Democrat political chicanery, it was Democlat poriticar chicanely.

    So solly fol make ellor.


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  • Militant Conservative

    Hey, commies, if you want freedom of information do not attack the bastion of such. counter productive dont you know. Except when you put radiation in our dry wall you POS. powder is dry.

  • Bogdan from Australia

    No surprise here. China is strategically the most dangerous, sinister and cunning enemy of United States.

    The first thing the new American conservative administration and Congress shall be to renegotiate the entire trade relationship with the Chinese Communo-Fascist regime.

    Only the politically blindest could perceive the 250 bilion trade deficit with such a openly hostile power as a beneficial to the US.

    The US not only is financing China’s military power that one day (that day is coming very fast) will be used against America but is also indirectly funding the most barbaric, totalitarian, anti-American regimes that China is supporting and sunsidising (lie Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Iran).

    It won’t be easy to downgrade or, perhaps, even break the trade relations with China as they will, for sure threaten with the military confrontation.

    However, as the Chinese regime is preparing itself for the war with the US anyway, it is better to have it NOW, when the US is still militaliry very strong and they are relatively weak, that when, in couple of years, the situation is reversed.

  • I suffered a virus attack on a familiar conservative website this time last year. We must prepare for these types of skirmishes. Back up your data. We are at war with leftists/communists and they won’t give up without a fight.

    And I’ve got news for them. WE don’t give up either.

  • Bogdan from Australia

    Speaking about China, I don’t know how many of you have bothered to read the epic book “Mao-The Unknown Story” by Yun Chang and Jon Halliday.

    This is WITHOUT ANY DOUBT one of the most important political documents in the entire human history,

    It is not only a detailled chronicle of an unspeakable bestiality of Chinese Communo-Fascist Maoist regime but it is also a record of an unbelieveable hipocricy, and above all of a self-destructive infantilism of American political class on both sides of politics.

    It exposes fully the cretinism of the drive of the so called “opening to China” that has been initiated by the imbecillic team of Nixon-Kissinger. It describes in details how both morons (and then all the consecutive US administrations) were being manipulated by Mao and his cohorts.

    That book was published two years ago but I avoided until now of reading it because of an unimaginable barbarism and horror that is presented in that work.

    Only recently I managed to find myself in the situation of being able to read with much lesser emotional attachment.

    Everyone should read it as it contains at least 25% of elements of the great puzzle that is the modern politcs.

  • Paul_______

    What I’d like to know, are the Chinese picky? Or they attack randomly? If I have to make a guess, I’d pick the first.

  • Joe Blow

    I bet if you could really follow it all the way back to the beginning it would wind up in Robin Carnahan’s office!

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  • Ginger


    Mine said…Accessed file is infected
    Threat was blocked
    File name: Korkenvasilly. com/hehehe/index (ETC)
    I won’t print it all.

    Threat name: Explot Elcnore, Kit (type 795

    I sure was having with drawals today not being able to come on. I was told it was safe.

  • bg


    thanks GP.. 🙂


  • Taxpayer1234

    Paul #13, I don’t think the Chinese are picky. They’re looking for weaknesses and opportunities. They probably thought the word “gateway” in this blog’s title referred to a web portal, which of course would be a juicy target.

  • bill-tb

    The final server might have been China, but do you know the originating source? Like say the White House, or Center For American Progress, or Media Matters.

    Why would China attack First Things? But there are plenty of reasons for the others to attack.

  • SoldiersMom

    Glad you’re back. Missed ya.

  • Donna S

    Avast caught it for me too, although my computer was a tad wonky for a while. Fine now.
    : )

  • Because I care, and am also a Linux geek, I would encourage everyone to not only back up their data but also burn a Linux Live CD in case you can’t get your machine to boot after an infection. This will give you a full operating system that runs from a CD and you can retrieve your data as well as run it just like an installed system. I would recommend Knoppix or Ubuntu. I run Linux full time but it’s good for windows users to have an alternative.

    Click on my name and you will go to my business site, then go to software solutions and I give a full run down about Linux.

  • Apparently, I’m not the only one who wonders the real source of the attack.

  • katy

    Your link to The Anchoress takes you to a you tube Video of Obama’s ‘ass kicking’ interview.

    Joke or mistake?

  • newton

    You guys must be doing something right to be attacked like that…

    I almost e-mailed The Anchoress to let her know about it, but I figure someone else at First Things would have noticed it first.

    We’re glad you’re back! 🙂

  • I had a similar problem a few months ago. It happened a few times, as it turned out they were getting in through GoDaddy’s servers. It happened to sites with another hosting account also. Good luck, I hope this is the end of it for you. I’m on Firefox and McAfee tells me this site is safe.

  • Whew there you are, I thought you might have been taken prisoner by the A## kicker in chief.

  • AuntieMadder

    June 25th, 2010 | 6:58 pm | #5
    AVAST free version caught it for me (IE 8)

    Same here. I’m running Internet Exploder 8 and Avast free version caught it.

  • Bob

    My mac and safari are no longer seeing it.

  • bobby b

    I’ve always wondered (and still do): what do they (anyone, really) gain by doing this? Is it as simple as “hee hee, we really messed with them American hegemonist suckers!”? Or is there something more coordinated and profitable somewhere behind it all? So far, it’s like getting buzzed by clouds of non-biting insects.

  • Jane

    My first thought was OFA and White House as well, but that’s conspiracy thinking, right?

    I checked all over to find a site with information about what was happening, something other than my suspicion. I did not know Gateway Pundit’s twitter account was under Jim Hoft, but fortunately there were other tweets acknowledging the problem. This was an object lesson in the utility of of free blogs, twitter accounts, and social networks. Next best thing would have been a mirrored site on alternate servers. Nevertheless, I’m glad you’re back.

    Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate,

  • Just_Saying

    Thank you, Kevin #22. After hearing Bill Gates is involved with the Bilderberg Group, I would love to get over to Linux and off Windows!