by Rex Wockner
The United Kingdom’s leading gay news site, http://www.PinkNews.co.uk, became inaccessible on Feb. 24 via Google and for users of the Firefox, Safari and Chrome Web browsers.
According to Google, Pink News had become infested with malware and was infecting visitors’ computers. The search giant reported it found eight scripting exploits and four trojans that created an average of 13 new processes on a compromised computer.
In response, Pink News “meticulously searched through every single piece of code on the Web site” and didn’t find anything problematic, it reported.
The block and associated search-result warnings apparently were removed within 48 hours.
Pink News said that if the situation had continued, it would have had “a catastrophic financial impact for us as a small business.”