Hey folks, we had 2 reports of a pop-up ad on the MAKE site, we’ve tried to reproduce it and track it down. So far nothing, but we’re working with our ad folks to double and triple check if it’s something being served here or just a coincidence. Thanks for patience and understanding on this, we obviously do not want this on the site, never have and never will.

Update: As some of you already discovered, we were regrettably the victim of some malicious code in an ad campaign that caused unapproved pop-ups and may have impacted certain browser functionality while visiting makezine.com. We believe we have identified and eliminated the problem.

The majority of our campaigns are sold and processed by Federated Media, who have proven to be extremely reliable in screening for such code. However, this campaign was not placed through FM, and unfortunately, we did not discover the code until it was live. Our profuse apologies to those of you who were impacted. We aim to do better.

Thanks for the help and heads up folks.

28 thoughts on “Oddities on the site… (updated)

  1. Happened to me the last few days, too. Visiting the site with Firefox 2.0.0.11.

    The window gets resized, and redirected to some fake virus scan thing with a bunch of alert windows (ok/cancel type) .. hitting stop, cancel, and the back button a few times lets me get back in.

  2. Had the same experience Saturday night.

    I was using IE 7. Ok Im living in the stone age I admit it.

    I was going through the blog archive and ran into it.

  3. I just had it happen when launching this page from the story link in google reader. Same as Evan above, A bunch dialog boxes that you cancel to get to this page.

    I’m using Google Chrome, which blocked another window from opening.

  4. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced this on the MAKE site. However, I occasionally see pop ups when I leave a site. It looks just like a pop up on the site I’m headed to, however, it’s actually triggered by leaving the previous site. Could that have been the case in this instance?

  5. Firefox 3

    Noscript installed

    No problems here but I’ve notice with noscript that your ad’s are being hosted by a multitude of sites not just 1 or 2 but if I refresh enough a new site will come up under the block list for noscript. I’d take a look at all your ad’s first then look at the IP’s of people reporting the problem see if they have a common ISP injecting scripts on your web page to these people.

  6. I got that fake virus message last night with Firefox on MacOS X. I didn’t know which website it was, but I was on the make site last night so it could have been from here.

  7. I got the fake antivirus thing… which was really funny because it “scanned” my linux system and found problems in my windows folders… I think it used some version of firefox 2.

  8. We think we’ve found the problem, our ad folks say there was a flash movie from ETrade / atlantamedia.net that had some code which could have caused the pop-up on our site (and others). We’ve removed this and we’re talking to all the folks involved.

    Thanks for the help and heads up folks.

  9. I do not know what is happening but after reading these comments and hitting the back button I had literally hundreds of empty boxes popping up on my screen. I think they were empty because they were popping up to fast to load. They were popping up 4 or 5 a second. It almost looked like solitair does after a winning game with the windows popping up on top of each other. I did see Makezine in the address bar of each of the windows but could not make out the rest of the address because they were on top of each other. I paniced and did a CTRL/Alt/Del and hit “shut down”. All of a sudden they stopped opening, all of the windows closed at one time and the computer appears to be operating normally now. The computer did not shut down. I have never seen anything like this before.

  10. As some of you already discovered, we were regrettably the victim of some malicious code in an ad campaign that caused unapproved pop-ups and may have impacted certain browser functionality while visiting makezine.com. We believe we have identified and eliminated the problem.

    The majority of our campaigns are sold and processed by Federated Media, who have proven to be extremely reliable in screening for such code. However, this campaign was not placed through FM, and unfortunately, we did not discover the code until it was live. Our profuse apologies to those of you who were impacted. We aim to do better.

  11. @Phil – good to see you were quick to address the problem, and I have no doubt you won’t let something like this happen again. Thanks for doing a great job for us.

  12. I’d rather dailydiy.com fix the duplicate stories and the obvious SQL error on the lefthand side. It’s been this way for weeks now.

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