The official website of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been linked to a high-profile malware infection.
Jamie Oliver’s website is ranked as the 519th most popular in the UK, and achieves approximately 10 million visitors every month, making it a sizable coup for the hackers involved. Unlike most cases of web-based malware, this particular plot does not involve malicious ads, but instead embeds the harmful code into the site itself.
The virus carries out unwanted redirects to search engine requests and installs fake software updates, which can cause serious damage to the user’s PC.
Malwarebytes was unable to determine how the malicious code found its way onto the site, but did speculate that stolen security credentials or a vulnerable plugin could have enabled the breach to occur.
Security researcher Jérôme Segura added that the website’s designers would now have to carry out a thorough security check to ensure the infection is not present anywhere else.
“The webmasters will need to look for additional evidence of infection, rather than simply restore or delete the offending script,” he wrote.