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Cryptome.org hacked--and inadvertently spreads infection

Someone compromised the free-speech, antisurveillance repository Cryptome.org and hid malware on the site that infected Web surfers over the weekend, Cryptome.org reported.

Cryptome.org was notified of the compromise by a visitor who reported receiving this warning from anti-malware software after visiting the site.

Cryptome.org became aware of the compromise by a visitor who reported receiving this warning from anti-malware software after visiting the site.

A malicious PHP file was added to the site on Wednesday and a new directory was created that had logged nearly 3,000 IP addresses between Wednesday and Sunday, according to a post on the site.

The Cryptome.org post said thousands of HTML files in the site's main directory were found to be contaminated with a malicious script that appeared to download exploits from the Blackhole Toolkit "that may compromise a computer though various vendor vulnerabilities," according to a Symantec description of the Web attack. This affects Windows platforms, Symantec says. Symantec offered to investigate the hack, Cryptome.org said.

Meanwhile, Cryptome.org's post said the site was expected to be cleaned up by the end of the day.