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Has YOUR WordPress Blog Been Hacked?

Postby CorpRebel » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:31 pm

“If you own a Wordpress blog, you may have been hacked, but what’s worse, you may not even know that you have been exploited.”

Dean Hunt runs a very popular blog at DeanHunt.com and his site was recently hacked. It wasn’t an obvious hack but he only noticed when he realized that his PR (Google page rank) went straight to 0. He’s usually in the 4-5 range. Evidently the hacker managed to exploit WP code to add hundreds of “outgoing” cloaked pharmacy pill links and such.

AND obviously lnking to known “bad neighborhoods” is a no-no to Google. BUT …

Check out Dean’s story at his blog - SERIOUSLY!

http://deanhunt.com/has-your-wordpress- ... en-hacked/

http://deanhunt.com/top-100-make-money- ... gs-hacked/

So … WHY should you care?

Links to bad neighborhoods will hurt your rankings. NO doubt about that. YOUR site can be banned and your AdSense account can be closed down.

Paul of SeoIdiot.co.uk, who was working on this with Dean, wrote a little tool to show people what their Google cache thinks are links out from your page, you can find this free tool at :

http://www.seoidiot.co.uk/cachechecker/

BUT … READ Dean’s posts first.

Hope ya don’t find any bad links!


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P.S. While most of these hacks have been to popular blogs, it certainly is STILL a good idea to check under your blog's hood every now and then to be sure. :wink:
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Postby Domain Name Guy » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:52 pm

Yup. Hacking is an unfortunate reality, but it's not indefensible.

Just a pair of plugins that might come in handy:

http://semperfiwebdesign.com/plugins/wp-security-scan/

http://ocaoimh.ie/exploit-scanner/
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Postby CorpRebel » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:31 pm

Domain Name Guy wrote:Yup. Hacking is an unfortunate reality, but it's not indefensible.

Just a pair of plugins that might come in handy:

http://semperfiwebdesign.com/plugins/wp-security-scan/

http://ocaoimh.ie/exploit-scanner/


Thanx Dave!

Will take a look at these plugins.


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