A new report says Myrtle Beach was among several North American cities whose tourism websites were targeted by a malware virus over the July 4 holiday weekend.
The Myrtle Beach Sun News reports that the data security company Proofpoint, Inc. identified VisitMyrtleBeach.com as one of the websites affected by the problem. The company said visitors to the site would have malware downloaded onto their computer that most antivirus software could not detect. The report also identified websites for Boston, Houston, Monterey, CA, Rochester, NY, Salt Lake City, and Victoria, British Columbia as also being affected.
Proofpoint said the attack started just before the July 4th holiday and appeared to be based in the Ukraine. Proofpoint vice president of threat response products Mike Horn said in a release that he suspected the sites were compromised in the past, but the malware attack itself was timed to correspond with the Independence Day holiday.
Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean said Simpleview — the company which manages VisitMyrtleBeach.com — quickly fixed the problem. He said he was not aware of any complaints from web visitors.