Site Hacked and Injected with a Virus! (Resolved)
A week ago, I noticed a dramatic decline in my blog traffic. Thinking that it might have something to do with Google’s Panda update for 2012, I put off checking the site and changing the manner of ad placement. This week, though, after writing some articles for a client, I thought again of checking on my site and I was shocked to see that instead of my site’s admin page, a red alert warning from Google filled the page. Anyone who was supposed to have found my site were warned that The Writer Mom was a carrier of a malware! I was so upset I could hardly sleep.
I immediately contacted the company hosting my site and asked them to help me clean my site from any malicious software. A reply from them confirmed my fears–my site had been hacked! The web hosting company informed me that the hacker had injected malware into the site through one of the plugins installed in my other site (all my sites share the same hosting plan). They also informed me that they had removed the infected script and have cleaned the site from the infection. I was also told to update my site to the latest version of WordPress to prevent any more attack.
The problem did not end after the removal of the malware. The warning was still there, staring right back at me everytime I try to open either the site’s admin page or homepage. Worst, the site was still blacklisted! Fortunately, I found that I only had to request Google to have my site removed from the blacklist.
It took quite some time before Google responded to my request. Now, I am happy that the red alert warning has been removed and that my blog traffic is picking up again. From this experience, I learned a lesson. I realized that it is important to update to the latest version of WordPress everytime there is a new release as it can significantly help your site be protected from any malicious activities. Hackers abound these days and we need to be vigilant to keep our site safe from their meddling hands.