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    Default Widespread WordPress hack targeting gambling sites

    IrishWonder has documented a widespread hack that is embedding parasitical pages on gambling sites, siphoning traffic to a specific domain.

    Take the numbers in the article with a grain of salt. People in the SEO community still don't believe that Google just makes up numbers when estimating "hit results" for queries (any number over 1,000 is completely unreliable, 100%).

    Also, upgrading to WordPress 4.0 will only overwrite infected PHP files. It will NOT fix any security vulnerabilities. Given the large number of complaints I have seen over the past week in the WordPress support forums, it appears that many plugins (both free and paid) have not yet caught up to WP 4.0 so be careful about upgrading.

    Randy and I have decided to wait on upgrading our sites.
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    We may not be talking about the same thing...but multiple gambling query results over last few weeks have been returning hacked pages on non gambling sites where casino related pages have been created and are ranking.

    I'm not technical, but I understand the hacker uses some sort of injected script.

    eg a hotel site with a 'online casino' page...and there are many many more

    There is an extensive thread at GPWA

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaumi View Post
    We may not be talking about the same thing...but multiple gambling query results over last few weeks have been returning hacked pages on non gambling sites where casino related pages have been created and are ranking.

    I'm not technical, but I understand the hacker uses some sort of injected script.

    eg a hotel site with a 'online casino' page...and there are many many more

    There is an extensive thread at GPWA
    Noticed this too and it's very widespread. The casino pages have a popup giving the user a few casino options they can play at, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaumi View Post
    We may not be talking about the same thing...but multiple gambling query results over last few weeks have been returning hacked pages on non gambling sites where casino related pages have been created and are ranking.

    I'm not technical, but I understand the hacker uses some sort of injected script.

    eg a hotel site with a 'online casino' page...and there are many many more

    There is an extensive thread at GPWA


    Yep I saw that too. I have my sites with securi, who scans them daily. I upgraded a few to 4.0 but am waiting I the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by every1bets View Post
    Yep I saw that too. I have my sites with securi, who scans them daily. I upgraded a few to 4.0 but am waiting I the rest.
    I also don't know if this is related, but yesterday someone contacted me with an offer for 350 links from gambling sites (unique domains) for a non-gambling site. I've received a lot of spam offers but never one like that.
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    It is not only English SERPs flooded, I notice Spanish, Italian, French - this is sick and to be fair the only one who can solve this is the Affiliate programs, just close the accounts and it will be over, but I guess they are too greedy as well.

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    There are a few casino hacks of normal websites around.
    I pointed out this half a year ago but nobody answered: top-casino-guide.com Hacking Typo3 Websites

    Searching on Google for "inurl:best-online-casino-reviews" still reveals hacked sites such as:

    httpx://nelsonslocal.co.uk/best-online-casino-reviews.html
    httpx://norwoodenglish.com/best-online-casino-reviews.html
    httpx://www.southwestphysicalpotential.com/best-online-casino-reviews/
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    Default Widespread WordPress hack targeting gambling sites

    I have been getting spammed by a non licensed casino recently.

    On another note,

    I use securi, they scan my sites daily. They have different plans which are affordable.

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    This hack is still around, I just found a site by chance when searching for the perfect blackjack strategy.

    The joke is that there is even such a hacked html site on the website of an IT service provider in Germany:

    httpx://it-matters.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/casino/blackjack-perfect-strategy-wiki.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by every1bets View Post
    I have been getting spammed by a non licensed casino recently.
    care to share which one. Getting as well and trying to figure out from where my email leaked.

    Despite the long thread on GPWA trying to force programs to stop working with them- i think this route is rather pointless. There are hundreds of affiliate programs - i don't think the hackers will have any problem finding buyers for their traffic.


 

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