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The American Society of Sydney, Australia Site Compromised


Threat Type: Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code

Websense Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered that the official Web site of The American Society of Sydney, Australia has been compromised and is infecting site visitors with malicious code. The malicious code found on the main page of the site leads to an Adobe Reader PDF exploit CVE-2007-5659.

The American Society of Sydney (AMSOC) was founded in 1922 as a place for Americans living in Sydney to gather, meet, acclimate to life in and around Sydney and celebrate American culture from afar. It aims to help and support all Americans who have relocated to live and work in Sydney.

In an effort to protect their visitors, Websense® Security Labs has contacted The American Society of Sydney and advised them on this incident. Websense ThreatSeeker Network has been tracking how this type of attack prevails over such reputed Web sites, targeting their peers and other visitors.

Screenshot of the infected site:


Websense Messaging and Websense Web Security customers are protected against this attack.