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King Features suspends ads on Comic Kingdom

King Features has temporarily suspended its ad server after last week’s hack into their ad database. Hackers used a recently discovered exploit to inject malware into the database using the Adobe Acrobat 0-day exploit. King Features, according to a press release, assures its clients that Comics Kingdom has not be compromised and is safe to use on their websites, but the ad server application has been disabled until the security exploit has been patched and tested by Adobe.

Community Comments

#1 Mike Cope
December/22/2009
@ 12:57 pm

You can’t catch a computer virus from newsprint.

#2 JD Larson
December/22/2009
@ 2:50 pm

But you can get a nasty papercut! And inky fingers.

It only takes a few bad people to destroy the work of a lot of good people, unfortunately. Hackers and thieves have transformed the internet from a utopia of ideas and information into a dangerous place.

#3 Rich Diesslin
December/22/2009
@ 8:46 pm

You have to work at it to get a paper cut from a newspaper … but yeah, inky is true. I gotta say I’ve never heard of comic kingdom until now, but I haven’t been looking. ;)

#4 Mike Peterson
December/23/2009
@ 7:10 am

At my last paper, I brought up Comic Kingdom and a freebie offered by Creators, but since nobody on the management team had seen these things being used at other papers, nobody wanted to really look into it.

God, I miss those management team meetings.

#5 Anne Hambrock
December/23/2009
@ 9:53 am

@Rich,

I have a pretty comprehensive list of current comics kingdom papers listed on my site. It’s at the bottom of the post.

http://edison-lee-blog.blogspot.com/search/label/Comics%20Kingdom

#6 Jason Smith
December/23/2009
@ 3:43 pm

Can someone explain to me what the differences are between “DailyInk” and “Comics Kingdom”?

I’m a paying subscriber to the King’s Features DailyInk service. I think it’s worth the amount I spend (about $15/year). I’ve never heard of Comics Kingdom before and it appears to have all the same King Features strips.

Thanks,
Jason

#7 Alan Gardner
December/23/2009
@ 5:27 pm

@Jason – DailyInk is the subscription service for individuals to get comics emailed to them. Comics Kingdom is a product sold to online newspapers that displays comics and is ad supported.

#8 Anne Hambrock
December/24/2009
@ 8:58 am

@Jason,

Alan summed it up pretty well, but here are some other differences:

Dailyink comes with no ads, lists several strips on the same page, is delivered to the subscriber, and has a one year archive.

Comics Kingdom has sidebar ads, displays only one strip at a time (you have to go through the index to find other strips you may wish to view), can be bookmarked but is not delivered, and has a 30 day archive. The one strip at a time feature means that you have to wait about 10-30 seconds – depending on your connection – each time you wish to view a new strip. This is one of the reasons I prefer Dailyink, as I can read all the comics on my page pretty quickly.

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