Non-subscribing Spotify users got a little more than they bargained for when the music streaming service began serving malware ridden ads. The problem was reported earlier this week, with people complaining that their web browsers were being directed to scam sites.
Interestingly, the problem was not only confined to Windows machines. Both Mac and Ubuntu users complained that they were seeing the same issue. It’s not often we get to see malware that’s capable of launching browsers on three different platforms.
Fortunately, the malware doesn’t do more than open selected websites; and most anti-virus programmes appear to have handled the problem. The affected ads were not identified, although Spotify says that it has managed to get the issue under control.
This isn’t the first time that Spotify has dealt with malicious ads. A similar incident happened back in 2011, where unsuspecting users were prompted to download a “Windows Recovery” programme.