Naughty cybercriminals have reportedly managed to dupe the Beeb into serving dodgy ads across the pond. The attack, which affected BBC.com, as well as a bunch of other major sites, including MSN, the New York Times and Newsweek, is believed to have been aimed primarily at US-based web surfers.
Anybody unfortunate enough to have clicked one of the dodgy ads was taken to a separate site, which would have consequently attempted to install either the Cryptowall ransomware or a Trojan horse on their PC. Only Windows users are said to have been affected.
It's believed that the BBC and co got their ads from a web domain that used to supply legitimate ads, but fell into the hands of crims when the former owners of the domain failed to renew their ownership rights in January. We'd recommend completely staying away from the internet for now. Just kidding, but take care out there. [BBC, Trustwave]