What Happens When Your WordPress Site Gets Hacked
WordPress sites are frequently compromised by hackers who take advantage of diverse vulnerabilities. Most sites get hacked from completely avoidable issues, like not keeping things updated or using insecure passwords.
Read the article to learn how and why WordPress sites get hacked.
WordPress Site Hacked?
First of all, don’t panic. You can have your website back online in a matter of a few hours, however, you should pay attention to the video below.
Many ask the question: Why is WordPress targeted so much by hackers? The simple answer to that is: All websites are vulnerable to hacking attempts, however, WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) and website builder.
Minute 19:16 – a website backdoor is basically malware (malicious code) and allows remote control of the affected website. Finding website backdoors is not a fun and easy task since they are hidden from the site owner. They can reside in compromised themes and plugins.
How can one fix this particular issue? Well, by search of course. Located one? Delete it. Delete the plugin or theme in question and reinstall a clean version of it.
Minute 27:00 – defacement is a type of attack that changes the visual appearance of the content. Site owners often reported that “defacement attacks are a nightmare”.
How to fix it? Scan and locate the malware causing the problem and remove it. In many cases getting around this issue is not an easy task and the entire WordPress site needs to be reinstalled from a backup.
Minute 35:51 – when we talk about spam links we definitely not pointing towards spam comments. Spam links are inserted into the website with the pure intent of manipulating search engine results of certain pages they point to (black hat SEO).
How to fix spam link issues? Remove links within the content management system – basically edit your posts and pages.
A great way to detect spam links is by using the Ahref Site Explorer tool. Choose Backlink Profile/Referring Domains Report. You’ll get an instant report of your domains to link profile on the domain in question. Sort the findings by Domain Rating (DR) metric, and look for the lowest DR values. Just a heads up: not all low DR value links are spam! Just use your judgment. Once you detected a suspicious link then do further research on it. If the link profile is not consistent with your site’s topic then it is a strong signal of a spam link.
Other issues depicted in the video:
39:00 Spam Pages 43:17 Japanese Keyword Hack 44:39 PHP Mailers 47:49 Phishing 51:01 Malicious Redirects 52:23 Command and Control Botnet 54:58 Cryptomining
Again, watch the video. Yeah, it’s a little bit longer than an hour. In the end, you’ll gladly say “it was worth every second”.
Back up your websites regularly. A backup is a copy of a website containing important elements of it that can be used as an alternative to restore your digital domain to its previous state.
THE HACKER MOTIVE
WordPress is a very popular target among hackers. I’m a non techie and learned the hard way. I didn’t even know that my site got hacked up until it was too late and suffered some nasty consequences. Do I have to say that I had no backup? I not only lost traffic but my entire site with no revenue for months.
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