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Guardian says fixing redirect for Mac users will take time

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The Guardian Australia says it will be able to protect Mac users from being redirected to other pages when they visit its website using the Safari browser, but it will take some time to do so.

It has advised users to use other browsers like Chrome and Firefox until the issue is fixed.

The company was responding to a complaint from a Mac user who said he was being redirected to what looked like a phishing site, when he accessed the newspaper's home page on his MacBook Pro, using Safari.

This user, who prefers anonymity, reported the occurrence to iTWire on Monday; the problem was reported in detail on Monday.

Briefly put, the user said he was first redirected to a site which did not load in full and displayed the name "coachtraffic.com" in the browser bar.

He said he was then redirected to a page which loaded fully, with the domain reading mac-safetycheck.com followed by a number of letters which did not spell out any pronounceable word.

The text on this page read: "Your system is potentially infected with 3 viruses. Our security check found potential traces of 2 malware and 1 phishing/spyware.

"Estimated system damage: 28.1% – Immediate removal might be required."

The Guardian did not respond to a query sent by iTWire asking about the anomaly.

However, it did respond to the user's query.

"Thank you for reporting this issue. We are aware of a campaign that is using malicious advertisements to target Mac users, particularly those using Safari, to upgrade their Flash Player," an editorial assistant from the newspaper wrote to the user.

"We will soon be able to protect readers from these ads, but in the meantime we recommend using Chrome or Firefox as an alternative browser."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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