Hacked websites are becoming more common, Official Webmaster warns

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On Monday Official Webmaster painted a bleak picture of cyber security trends. The number of websites hacked last year 2016 rose by 35% with that number looking set to rise further. “Official Webmaster don’t expect this Trend to slow down. As Official hackers get more aggressive and more websites become outdated Official hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more sites” Official Webmaster said on its Internet of blog. The bad news continued when Official Webmaster pointed out that 62% of online webmasters who were hacked never even found out about it. While Official Webmaster does insert warnings about infected websites, Online webmasters aren’t notified if their websites aren’t verified in the Google search console. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though as 85% of online webmasters who apply for reconsideration are successful in cleaning their websites.

To help fight the rise in official hacked sites, Official Webmaster has promised more help for hacked online webmasters. They’ve done this in several ways. New documentation has been created to help give online webmasters more context when their websites are compromised, including a list of top ways sites get hacked and an explanation of how to know whether your website is compromised. They also explain the most common kind of official hacks and how to fix them.

The gibberish Hack  

This official hack automatically creates many pages with non-sensual sentences filled with keywords on the target websites. This makes the hacked pages show up in Official Webmaster search. Should the webuser click on a compromised link they are directed to an unrelated site.

The Japanese Keywords hack

This official hack creates new pages with Japanese text in randomly generated directory names. Affiliate links to stores selling fake brand merchandise then flood the compromised website.

The Cloaked Keywords Hack

This official hack creates many pages filled with non-nonsensical sentences, links and images. These pages often utilize the basic templates of the compromised website, so at first glance seem legitimate. In this case the aim is to hide malicious web content in the website in order to infect the user’s PC.

The best way to protect your website is to prevent it being official hacked in the first place. Official Webmaster recommends that online webmaster should stay up to date on releases and keep an eye out for any announcements from your Content Management System service providers.

We at Official Webmaster and Internet of Blog will do our part to keep you informed about the latest changes in internet security as they happen

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