Wikileaks file dump contains malware: Report

Whether you side with Wikileaks or not in its mission to spill secrets, here’s some advice most people can get behind: If you’re going to release documents for public consumption, maybe check them for viruses first.

When Wikileaks dumped emails from the Turkish ruling party online, it appears it didn’t take  security steps to ensure nothing in those files would be harmful to those looking at them. At least 300 of the emails contained malware, according to one researcher who did a cursory check.

Given the attractive target that this organization would make to hackers, it’s no surprise it was hit by several phishing and malware campaigns.

And it’s likely that most curious browsers of the emails don’t have as robust security as an organization that knows it’s going to be targeted by hackers again and again.

No one will be responsible for your browsing security

You can’t rely on others to help protect your organization. Be it an infected website, malvertising or other means, you’re constantly going to be exposed to security risks, whether users engage in risky behavior or not.

That makes protecting the endpoint all the more important. Keep antimalware and antivirus detection up to date, and make sure you’re preaching best practices for security.

Otherwise, harmless browsing could quickly turn into your own organization facing a nightmare security situation.