Tag Archives: Website Spam

Finding Conditional SEO Spam in Drupal

Nobody likes spam. It’s never fun (unless you’re watching Monty Python). For us it comes with the territory; removing SEO spam has been at the core of what we deal with since our inception, giving us some pretty good insights into the various strategies black hats employ.  From time to time however, we find ourselvesRead More Info »

Seo-moz.com SEO Spam Campaign

Here at Sucuri we handle countless cases of SEO spam. This malware involves a website being compromised in order to spread (mostly pharmaceutical) advertisements by linking visitors to unwanted websites and stuffing spam keywords into the site. These links and keywords help the spam websites to rank higher in search engines like Google, sending evenRead More Info »

Fake Media Download Sites

Your website is a huge part of your brand reputation. It serves as a place to build your audience and helps you get noticed by new visitors from search engines. You spend time working hard to build authority and trustworthiness. When your pages rank high enough, you may find yourself with a whole new setRead More Info »

Spam Campaign Causes “DDoS” by Googlebot

Every once in a while we get a glimpse into rare and strange behavior that doesn’t involve the website being hacked, but causes major problems for website owners. We have spoken recently about malicious referral spam in Google Analytics and Google Search Console being used by attackers after they gain access to a website. Today,Read More Info »

Phishing for Anonymous Alligators

Everyone has encountered phishing at some point – fake emails and web pages designed to look legitimate. This tactic is becoming more popular as attackers are learning how to produce new and convincing phishing lures. You might receive spam emails claiming to have some important document for you. Some of them have malicious attachments andRead More Info »

Analyzing Proxy Based Spam Networks

We are no strangers to Blackhat SEO techniques, we’ve actually spent a great deal of time working and sharing various bits of information related to Blackhat SEO techniques over the years. What we haven’t shared, however, is the idea of Proxy-based Spam Networks (PSN). It’s not because it wasn’t interesting, it’s just not something we’d seenRead More Info »

Malicious Google Search Console Verifications

This past summer we noticed a trend of more and more Blackhat SEO hacks trying to verify additional accounts as owners of compromised sites in Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools). Google Search Console provides really useful information and tools to webmasters who want to: Know how their websites perform in search results. Receive notification about performance, configuration and securityRead More Info »

Wigo Means Bingo for Blackseo Agent

This week my colleague Peter Gramantik showed me a few infected sites that had very similar code embedded in the WordPress index.php files: if (eregi(‘-dbst’,$_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’])) { error_reporting(0); include (‘license.txt’); exit(); } The code is very simple. It checks if a page URL has “-dbst” appended to the URL and executes code from an included file. AtRead More Info »

Malicious Google Analytics Referral Spam

  Robots (bots) have outnumbered people on the Internet for almost two years, and they browse much faster than your average visitor. Aside from spamming your comment systems and crawling for vulnerable websites to attack, bots can also cause a lot of confusion in your website traffic reporting systems. If you use analytics software on yourRead More Info »