The US National Vulnerability Database's (NVD) public-facing website has been taken down following the discovery of malware on two of its servers.
The malware was discovered on 8 March, according to a spokesperson for the NVD, who blamed the success of the attack on a software vulnerability within the group's servers.
The discovery forced the NVD and other National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) websites to be taken down for repairs.
"On Friday 8 March, a NIST firewall detected suspicious activity and took steps to block unusual traffic from reaching the Internet," a group representative said in a statement sent into V3.
"NIST began investigating the cause of the unusual activity and the servers were taken offline. Malware was discovered on two NIST Web servers and was then traced to software vulnerability."
The NVD is a collection of information about known computing vulnerabilities. Data collected in the database is used to allow for the automated search and discovery of the latest known vulnerabilities.
Database operations are run by the NIST, a US federal agency that aims to create industry-wide standards for the technology industry.
According to the NIST, theirs no evidence that the attack led to the exploited webpages being used to send out malware to individuals going to the site. The group added it is currently working to correct the problem and bring the affected sites back online.
The threat of malware spreading through an attack on a widely used industry site has become a growing problem in recent months.In February, it was discovered that an attack on Facebook and Apple was the result of malware spread on an iPhone developers fourm.
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