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    Default Possible hijack of the mobile site

    Since about 7pm (that's 5 hours ago) I've been unable to get into the mobile site. I can go to the simple usingenglish.com but but as soon as I click on Forums (or anything else), the screen is hijacked by something called "mobrewards" which comes up with a message saying something along the lines of "Congratulations! You are the 10,000th person to ... you have won an iPhone 5". No matter what I do, I can't get rid of it. I'm Googling to see if it's a hijack of my phone or the site, but I have no trouble getting in to any other websites.

    If I find out it was my phone, I'll post here but in the meantime, is anyone else having a problem?
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    Default Re: Possible hijack of the mobile site

    I'm replying from my iPhone seems okay here.
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    Default Re: Possible hijack of the mobile site

    Thanks. I've found some info online saying it's a current issue for iPhone and iPad users. The site randomly hijacks other sites and at the moment no-one has published any kind of removal tool for it. I hope no-one else gets it, it's really annoying!
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    Default Re: Possible hijack of the mobile site

    I've not seen this myself, but it sounds very annoying. Sorry to everyone who has had issues with this.

    Whilst UsingEnglish.com obviously relies on advertising to generate revenue and keep our site free for users, I can assure you that this site will never knowingly allow such underhand advertising or popups to be displayed to our users. I am double-checking with our advertising partners to ensure that they are not distributing these popups on our site. We'll keep you updated with any news.

    In the meantime, here's some more information about the issue:

    Mobrewards Scam Targeting iOS and Android Users | TechFruit
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    Default Re: Possible hijack of the mobile site

    Update: All of our advertisers have now assured me that they are now blocking these types of ads from displaying.

    Can you tell me if you still have this issue? If you ever see anything like this again on this site, please PM me via my profile to let me know.

    Thanks :)
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