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How did my site get hacked?

Aug 31, 2013 11:55 AM

Earlier this week, 7 sites on 3 different servers (Go-daddy, Lunar Pages, and another ) were allegedly hacked and blocked in Firefox, Chrome and Google search results.

 

 

I use iObit and advanced system care to keep my pc clean. My pc, as scanned by these programs has no malware. I have over 40 sites in my Dreamweaver site definitions

 

 

On 6 of the sites, I removed everything on the server, re-uploaded the sites and requested a review.

 

On 1 of the sites, the hosting provider scanned the site and found nothing.

 

On 1 of the sites, I did nothing and requested a review.

 

All 7 sites were restored/unblocked.

 

 

I've spent hour upon hour researching including but not limited to stopbadware.org and antiphishing.org and can't figure out how/why this happened and since my pc is allegedly clean,

I am wondering:

A) if there is a security hole in the Dreamweaver communications with Adobe.

B) They were false Positives =( My webmaster tools currently say Google has not detected any malware on this site.)

 

 

I've always practiced "safe computing" and don't know what else to do to prevent this from happening again.

 

Has anyone else had a problem such as this recently?

 
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    Aug 31, 2013 12:48 PM   in reply to yanisworld

    Very likely B, or a problem with GoDaddy's server(s) and not your local machine.

     
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    Aug 31, 2013 1:03 PM   in reply to yanisworld

    Sites, especially popular ones, often become targets to hackers & robots who find vulnerabilities on the server or in your forms & scripts which allows them to inject malicious code into web pages.  I had this happen about 2 years ago on a  dedicated server.   Fortunately, the files on my local drive were clean so I was able to replace the remote site in a few hours.

     

    How did it happen?  According to the hosting company nothing was wrong at their end.  So we may never know exactly how the hackers got in.   The server hosted 5 sites at the time but only one site was hacked. 

     

    WordPress and other open source frameworks are especially attractive to hackers. If you use  PHP & MySql, take necessary security precautions.

     

    Use strong passwords for everything.  A minimum of 17 characters,  alpha-numeric, upper & lower, with symbols.  If you can remember your passwords, they're not strong enough.  Write them down.  And change your passwords regularly.

     

    Consider getting Secure Live which stops & blocks attackers IP addresses and sends them to the FBI's database.  https://www.securelive.com/

     

     

    Good luck!

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Sep 1, 2013 9:01 AM   in reply to yanisworld

    Your site was hacked, if at all it was hacked, is because you had a very bad password security system.  Any passwords less than 14 characters long (made up of letters- uppercase, lowercase and digits), is unsafe.

     

    All my passwords are now 16 characters long and made up of upper/lower characters and digits. This is changed every 6 weeks.

     

    Also, don't use the same password everywhere because if one site is hacked, all your sites are hacked!!!.  That's expected.  Yahoo has been hacked 3 times in the last 6 months and so they have been losing customers like BT - one of the biggest customers you can have in the UK.

     
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    Oct 3, 2013 10:06 AM   in reply to yanisworld

    There are as many ways to hack a site as there are right handed programmers on earth. In my case my hosting company's entire group of servers was the victim of a defacement hack perpetrated from "within" the company. In other words a client with a site hosted on thoses servers correctly guessed an administrative password and globally replaced all index.html and index.php files on the server. Keep good backups locally.

    PP

     
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