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Vendor blog GeekEstate gets Google malware warning

Vendor blog Geekestate (operated by Zillow Inc.) is the latest in a series of blog sites that have fallen victim to hacks via ad servers that lead to Google’s vicious malicious malware warning.

We broke the story on Mashable’s ad server Eyewonder that impacted popular sites like and others. We cannot tell if the problem is an ad server or a sponsored vendor link on the site causing the Google malware warning, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen it on Geekestate, and unfortunately we take the warning seriously enough not to go snooping around.

You can get more from Google’s blog here on malicious warnings posted by Google. We are following up with Zillow.

Follow up: It appears that servers are operating normally, including the Zillow blog itself at this time, although we have not tested Mortgage Market Place or other parts of site.

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  1. David G

    December 2, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Weird: I’m not getting that warning at all.

    GEB is not hosted on Zillow servers so this couldn’t impact any of the services. GEB is also not ad supported so it shouldn’t be an ad-server issue. Drew Meyers will be awake sometime soon and while he no longer works for Zillow, I’m sure he’ll look into it and figure it out. I have sent Drew this link.

    • Benn Rosales

      December 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

      David, are you using chrome?

    • Benn Rosales

      December 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

      PS David, as I said, it’s not the first time we’ve seen that warning on the site in recent months. there’s something there. I linked to the google post to help you sort it out and what it could potentially be.

      • David G

        December 3, 2010 at 6:46 am

        Yeah, I am using chrome – still no warning. Weird. Earlier this year, when I was still at Zillow, the site was hacked and I did get the google warning.

        PS … you heard I live in Jo’burg now, right?

  2. Rob McCance

    December 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    That’s hilarious …and I didn’t know GeekEstate was owned by Zillow.

    Of course it’s right there under the “About.”

    “GeekEstate Blog was founded by as a resource for real estate professionals who want to learn more about how they can grow their business through smart use of technology. “

  3. Rainer

    December 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I just tried the geekestate blog site. While Google Chrome didn’t pop up the malware warning, my virus service, Avast, did block a trojan horse. Looks like they still have the problem.

    I still don’t get why people with the intelligence to create a virus can’t simply create good things instead of being malicious.

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