IT security and control firm Sophos has reported on its blog that webpages of the US Consulate General in St.Petersburg, Russia, were attacked by hackers earlier this week. The infected pages have since been cleaned up.
The attack was part of a larger campaign by cybercriminals in which vulnerable web servers were targeted. This resulted in more than 400 webpages around the world being infected over the last week, with the majority of the compromised pages hosted in Russia.
"Unfortunately, while high profile sites such as the US Consulate can be cleaned up quickly, we are seeing a dangerous number of companies that are failing to act responsibly to retain the sanctity of their sites," said Fraser Howard, principal virus researcher at Sophos.