[ 2 March 2023 ]

Brendan Haggerty

Insidious Website Hacks: Spoofing or Spam Injection (gross)

Ugh, the joys of being a website owner. Just when you thought you were cruising along in the digital world, BAM! You’ve been Spoofed!

Yes, that’s right, folks, Spoofing or Spam Injection is like the digital equivalent of a prankster putting whoopee cushions on all the chairs in your office. In this case, the whoopee cushions are fake spam pages, and your office is on the internet.

So, what exactly is Spoofing or Spam Injection? Well, it’s when some sneaky attacker injects malicious code into your website that generates fake spam pages using your URL. This not only harms your website’s reputation, but it also has the potential to get your website blacklisted by search engines. And let’s face it, no one wants to be blacklisted by the internet’s version of the cool kids.

But don’t worry. We can fix this mess with a little bit of effort. Here’s what you need to do if you’ve been Spoofed:

Locate the source of the attack: The first step is to find out who’s behind this digital whoopee cushion. Use web analytics tools and server logs to track down the source of the attack and the pages that have been affected.

Remove the malicious code: This is the equivalent of finding the whoopee cushion and tossing it in the trash. Remove the malicious code from your website’s files and database.

Change all passwords: Just like you change your passwords after your ex-boyfriend starts using your Netflix account, you need to change all passwords associated with your website, including FTP, CMS, and hosting account passwords.

Monitor your website: Keep an eye on your website to make sure no more pranksters try to pull a fast one.

Update software: Make sure all your software and plugins are up-to-date because using outdated software is like using a dial-up modem in the age of fiber optic.

Implement security measures: This is like installing security cameras and hiring a guard for your office. Implement security measures like firewalls, plugins, and regular backups to prevent future attacks.

Notify search engines: Let the cool kids know what’s going on. Notify search engines of the attack and request they remove any spam pages from their indexes.

Spoofing or Spam Injection attacks are like digital pranks gone wrong (it’s a lot more than that, but I am trying to keep my blood pressure low). However, you can restore your website’s reputation and prevent future attacks with some effort. Remember, the internet can be a wild and wacky place, but with the right attitude and a good sense of humor, you’ll be back on top in no time!