Thursday, September 02, 2010

Now, malware bugs users on CAT site

CAT's online presence seems to be bugging students again, literally. Common Admission Test 2010 aspirants received a scare when they visited the official site on Wednesday night as they found the portal hosting malware files. The timing of the bug makes it even scarier as the sale of CAT 2010 vouchers and online registration started just two days ago, reminding people of the virus attacks during CAT 2009.

The site began acting up late on Tuesday, affecting a number of visitors. Whenever the site was opened a warning popped up: "This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences". In fact, even Google search stated that this site may harm your computer. CAT aspirants bank on this site for all details, dates and information, even though it is not used for online registration.

Chairman of the CAT 2010 Committee, Himanshu Rai of IIM-Lucknow, said: "The site was infected with malware during uploading of some pages on Monday. But all the registration data is safe, as this site it does not store or contain any candidate information. This is only an information site. For online registration, aspirants need to visit, which is a completely secure site".

The U.S.-based testing company Prometric is responsible for the conduct of CAT. It issued a statement saying: "Prometric has been investigating reports that IIMs' CAT website has been displaying warning messages on certain browsers. A malware was discovered and removed overnight. It will take several hours for the warnings to disappear from Google Chrome. As is stated at the bottom of the candidate registration page, we advise candidates to use the following approved browsers Internet Explorer version 7 or above, or Firefox version 3.0 and above".

Source: The Times of India, September 2, 2010

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