Spotify Turns Off Third-Party Display Ads Following Malware Attacks

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Some users of the free, ad-supported version of digital music service Spotify are getting hit by malware-based attacks, reported The Register earlier today, echoing a report from Netcraft.

Netcraft explains that at least one attack used a Java exploit to drop malicious executable code on a victim’s computer, with security software identifying one of the malicious payloads as Trojan horse Generic_r.FZ.

According to Spotify’s Twitter feed, an investigation is underway – the startup just told users it turned off all third-party display ads until it finds which ad triggered the attacks.

As always, make sure the security software you run locally to protect your from viruses and malware is completely up-to-date.