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Eyewonder- Digital Advertiser Throws Popular Sites Mashable and Icanhascheezburger into Malicious Spam Bin



eyewonder_logoApparently, Digital Advertiser has been flagged for malware, sending Popular sites Mashable, Icanhascheezburger down the toilet.

Eyewonder According to iab

EyeWonder, Inc., is the pioneering interactive digital advertising provider, extending the reach of online rich media and interactive video ads to digital device displays. Through its superior technology, products and services, EyeWonder empowers advertisers, advertisingmashable_logo agencies and content publishers with the ability to create, build, deliver, track and optimize interactive advertising campaigns proven to drive industry-leading results.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., EyeWonder has domestic offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. International offices are located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Australia.

ichc_header_logoWe broke the story this morning that visitors of were being greeted with the Malicious Malware warning and can now report that the beloved icanhascheezburger has also been impacted.

So what we know now is the source of the malware, but what is unclear is the actual risk to you or your computer or how many larger media sites are impacted.

Of note, Google seems to be giving both Mashable and Icanhascheezburger a pass as both of their Google page rank remains in tact- what’s up with that?

We’ve reached out to Mashable for comment.

We’ll continue to follow the story.


Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Ian Greenleigh

    July 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Hyperconnectivity is not always a good thing. As an old West Austin blue-blood might say, “One must be exceptionally careful who one associates with.” They couldn’t be more right these days.

  2. Pete

    July 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    The latest updates for this are on the Eyewonder Twitter account:

    Latest info is that no malware actually appeared on any of the affected sites (CNN, Washington Post, Engadget, Mashable) but instead Google marked the EW domain as a malware site and thus displayed warnings on all network sites.

  3. Benn Rosales

    July 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    @_ew @mashable when I asked @mattcutts this morning, I’m guessing he had no idea how widespread it was because it was a pretty casual response- I’d really like to know what the traffic damage was across so many sites.

    Dancho over at ZDnet just picked up the story here

  4. jonathon

    July 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I know isn’t malware because I have seen their ads for years, and never seen any issues, so I’m not surprised that the reports say there was no real malware. I’m annoyed that Google caused such a mess by their malfunctioning software. Please contact Google to fix this quickly so we can view our sites again!!! They are probably off on the 4th of July and not even paying attention to what they have done. Just another example of how Google has gotten too big and has been causing problems for everyone on the web.

  5. EyeWonder

    July 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

    The site suffered a malware attack on July 3 and caused our domain to be tagged as a malicious by the automated systems at Google. The issue has been resolved. Our ad delivery system and website are fully operational.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?



Looking at the bigger picture

(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

Click here to continue reading the list of the 12 best places to buy a home…

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.



aging housing inventory

aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.



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zillow move

Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub,, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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