Google just published their State of Website Security report for 2016 and it shows that last year was a particularly difficult one for webmasters with the number of websites hacked increasing by 32% since 2015.
The news isn’t any better for 2017 with this trend unlikely to slow down in the foreseeable future as hackers become more aggressive and as more websites become outdated.
The team here at WP Secured assists website owners by keeping their site up to date and locking it down to protect against hackers. If you’re worried that your website is out of date or may have already been compromised, contact us today!
Google provides a free tool called Search Console (previously Webmaster Tools) which – among many other useful features – allows a website owner to verify that they are the primary point of contact for that website.
As Google indexes the internet for their organic search results, they are often the first to discover a website has been compromised. If a compromised website has been verified with Google’s Search Console, Google will know who to notify.
Of the websites found to be hacked last year, 61% weren’t verified, and Google was unable to notify anyone. So verify your website – it’s free and very useful.
More Help for Hacked Webmasters
In the same report, Google provided documentation about three common websites hacks and how best to clean such hacks:
Gibberish Hack: The gibberish hack automatically creates many pages with non-sensical sentences filled with keywords on the target site. Hackers do this so the hacked pages show up in Google Search. Then, when people try to visit these pages, they’ll be redirected to an unrelated page, like a porn site. Learn more on how to fix this type of hack.
Japanese Keywords Hack: The Japanese keywords hack typically creates new pages with Japanese text on the target site in randomly generated directory names. These pages are monetized using affiliate links to stores selling fake brand merchandise and then shown in Google search. Sometimes the accounts of the hackers get added in Search Console as site owners. Learn more on how to fix this type of hack.
Cloaked Keywords Hack: The cloaked keywords and link hack automatically creates many pages with non-sensical sentence, links, and images. These pages sometimes contain basic template elements from the original site, so at first glance, the pages might look like normal parts of the target site until you read the content. In this type of attack, hackers usually use cloaking techniques to hide the malicious content and make the injected page appear as part of the original site or a 404 error page. Learn more on how to fix this type of hack.