This website will NOT harm your computer! If you’ve stopped by the site since yesterday afternoon, you may have been slapped with the online Red Screen of Death warning you to watch out for Malware on the CC site.
Cannabis Culture was indeed hacked into yesterday through a vulnerability in our adserver software. Turns out a bunch of other sites on the web who were running the same software were also affected, like Tucows and Pirate Bay (those are links to news articles about the attacks – not links to potentially infected websites 🙂
We have currently disabled our ad server software and eliminated the problem. According to Google, we are no longer listed as “suspicious”. Unfortunately, for a brief period, some malicious software may have been downloaded by CC readers and we apologize for any problems this may have caused. Here is a bit of help in removing Malware.
As far as we can tell, it was a random attack due simply to the vulnerability in the popular ad software we use – not a disgruntled reader or political enemy with malicious intent.
Our web guy is working overtime to get our ads section back in action with no security holes. Everything should be back to perfect in just a few – thanks for sticking with us.
UPDATE – Friday, 11AM: Attempting to reinstall the ‘clean’ update of Open X ad software has landed us back in Google’s bad books temporarily, but we are STILL safe! All warnings indicating we are harmful to your computer should be removed soon.