Government-Backed Website Had Links To Malware

The StartUp Britain website launched by Prime Minister David Cameroon has been caught serving malware to visitors.

An advertisement posted on the website took users to a website called bankling.com, which in turn redirected users to a page that informed them that their PC was infected with viruses and prompted them to install a fix. The fix was actually a fake anti-virus program which installed additional malware on targeted PCs.

The StartUp Britain website, which was launched for promoting start-up businesses in the UK, has removed the rogue link from the website.

“There were some issues with a link on the website at the launch. This issue has been addressed and any links that were not operating as intended have been amended or removed,” Start-up Britain said in a statement to the BBC.

According to security software vendor Sophos, the 'malvertisement' only affected users running Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser while other web browsers like Firefox were not affected by the attack.

The attack comes just days after the desktop application of music streaming service Spotify served malware-infected ads to users. The malware installed a fake anti-virus program on Spotify users' desktops without them clicking on it.