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Users of the ad-supported version of Spotify were hit by a malware-based attack on Thursday. The assault takes advantage of a Java-based exploit to deposit Trojan horse malware or exploit kits on vulnerable Windows machines. Only users of the free version of the music streaming service seem to be affected. In response, …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Been a major problem on ebay as well

    And Ebay's repsonse has been that it isnt responsible for the content of the ad streams that it sells to spam all over the pages!

  2. The Original Ash
    Black Helicopters

    IT'S A TRAP!

    What a great way to get folks to stump up the cash for a premium account, eh?




  3. googolplex

    Ads are Now Pulled

    I hear via Twitter that Spotify have pulled the 3rd party adverts which might be the cause until they can identify the exact one.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    block all ads - let's be honest, who doesn't these days. They're no longer just a nuisance they're a real threat.

    If only OpenDNS would have a adverts category to block (which I'd even pay for) - ho hum.

    The first company to set up (and properly manage) a centralised (non-host) ad-blocking service (probably using DNS blocking) will make a fortune. OpenDNS had the chance - but so far has blown it.

    1. Toastan Buttar

      Can't block ads

      The ads appear on the Spotify client, so you can't block 'em, I'm afraid.

      1. Someone

        Can block ads

        The ads may appear within the Spotify client, but at least some are displayed using Internet Explorer. This is how malicious adverts could utilise Java. You can increase the security of Spotify by increasing the security of Internet Explorer. If you don’t use IE to browse the web directly or use another application that embeds IE at the same time you use Spotify, set IE’s security level for the Internet zone to High. That should block active content.

        Better yet, don’t use Windows. Use Linux, BSD or Solaris and run Spotify using Wine. Just don’t install any Windows browser plug-ins under the same WINEPREFIX as Spotify.

      2. Michael Kean


        Privoxy might be able to go between Spotify and the 'net - not sure as I've never used Spotify...

  5. James 49

    Can't block ads

    Should try We7. Same as Spotify but in a browser.

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