Phishing On Yahoo.com sites!
Early-on each morning, I check the yahoo.com site for overnight news items as well as those that never make it into the national pamphleteer 'corpse' reports. This morning I noticed something going on with the site.
The yahoo site--as you may, or may not, know--has a stream of thumbnail photos along the bottom of the site, with a larger photo and text--of the highlighted thumbnail--in a larger window above. So far, so good!
The way I sift through the news articles, I 'open in new tab' each item--one-at-a-time--and read the information. I noticed that each time I 'mouse over' an item to open, the URL appears at the bottom of the computer screen. After i open the item in the new window, a URL flashes at the bottom of the computer screen; it took quite a while to determine exactly what the URL actually was.
To make a long story, even longer: the flashing URL turned out to be "static.ak" accompanied by a hugely-long string of letters, numbers and symbols. I 'giggled' that URL which turns out to be a PHISHING SITE!! As near as I can determine, what seems to be 'flashes' is the site actually searching my harddrive, looking for insecure entry points.
EXAMPLE: On today's (April 25th) Yahoo News site had an article about Andrew Luck being sued by someone. I opened it in a new tab; as soon as it opened, 'static' started flashing. After getting out as quickly as I could, I 'giggled' "Andrew Luck Sued." This turned up 'several billion' sites; I opened the yahoo site to see if it still 'flashed.' It DID!! I then opened a tab--on the same 'Luck' topic--from a different news source; NO FLASHING! The only logical reason is that the 'static' site as infected the yahoo news site in some sub-level.