Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block enabled

Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements.

Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can’t access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the get the following error message: “Uh oh… We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.”

The reports, first spotted by Digiday, surfaced in the AdBlock Plus forums on Thursday. Andrei Herasimchuk, a former Yahoo designer who now works at Twitter, also claims to be blocked from his inbox.

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Yahoo tackles large ‘malvertising’ campaign in its ad network

Yahoo said Monday it had removed malware from its advertising network, after malicious code there had gone undetected for at least six days.

Security researchers at Malwarebytes said they discovered malicious ads planted in Yahoo’s network on Sunday and alerted Yahoo. The malware attack had been underway since last Tuesday, wrote Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes Labs.

The malware was found in Yahoo’s ads network at ads.yahoo.com, which runs ads across Yahoo’s sites like its finance, games and news portals, as well as Yahoo.com. Users may have come across the infected ads when visiting Yahoo’s sites.

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