Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sports sites seem to offer phony java, browser upgrades; have they been hacked?

Major League Baseball, and probably other big league sports licensing groups (like the NFL) probably need to watch their own websites – which are technically very elaborate – for possible (foreign) hacks.  Today I got an unnecessary invitation to download java (with the java teacup trademark, which may have been faked) before trying to watch a video about a Nationals win in Seattle. I clicked out, renavigated to the video, and the six home runs played just fine.
A few weeks ago, I got a phony invitation to upgrade Google Chrome, which sounded flaky. 
MLB should re-examine security for its site and check it for any malware or adware that violates MLB policy.  I doubt that these kinds of software "upgrades" would be considered acceptable under their own TOS. 
I’ve noticed that a few other websites, like conservative websites with more radical or strident  views (like the Washington Times) will offer popup ads that when you exit, make you reaffirm that you really want to leave the page.  And they also offer sponsored videos that keep leading you on to watch without telling you the real point.  These don’t seem to harm anything or contain malware, but they are certainly tacky and unprofessional.  

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