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Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details?

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Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? Paul McQueen 5/22/13 6:15 PM
Just received webmaster tools notice for my site www.thrivewellness.com.au :

"Google has detected that some of your pages may contain hidden text or cloaking, techniques that are outside our Webmaster Guidelines.

Specifically, we detected that your site may have been modified by a third party. Typically, the offending party gains access to an insecure directory that has open permissions. Many times, they will upload files or modify existing ones, which then show up as spam in our index. "

The malware section in WT says nothing is found; the "safe browsing" tool (http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.thrivewellness.com.au) says nothing found but based on crawling back in March.

I have diffed my site directory listings against a backup from a few weeks ago to look for suspicious new files - nothing I could see.

I have done a cursory grep search for suspicious terms, but because google gave me NO details, I don't know what to look for. I don't see any suspicous keywords in the "content keywords" in WT.

If anyone can advise me on how to search my site for offending content, whether there by hack or my own error, I would be greatly appreciative.

Paul
Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? Redleg x3 5/22/13 6:52 PM
There is (or maybe was?) a conditional spam hack on the site,  try the search

site:thrivewellness.com.au Electronic Cigarettes



Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? Paul McQueen 5/22/13 7:01 PM
Thank you so much. I actually just found your(?) file viewer tool reading through other posts and it led me to the electronic cigarettes spam. I then sequentially disabled wordpress plugins and reloaded until the cloaked content disappeared. That is a great tool - just what I needed.

Paul
Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? Redleg x3 5/22/13 7:09 PM
LOL   I was getting ready to add a link in my previous post to show the hidden spam and checked one more time and it was gone.  I was thinking oh no! it is being cloaked somehow!

Excellent!  Hopefully Google will not do this but there is still a chance they will tag your search results with a compromised warning.  if it does happen

To remove the warning once the site is cleaned up you need to submit a Reconsideration Request. Reconsideration Requests are processed manually so it is important to note in the request you are submitting because your site is flagged with the compromised warning and that you have secured/cleaned it up. Also specifically ask that the warning be removed from Search Results as quickly as possible.  Provide a couple of examples of URLs that still have the warning and a couple of URLs that contained the spam and now or either clean or return a 404.  You will likely get a auto response to the effect that there is no manual penalty so no need to submit the request but don't worry about that.  If the warnings don't start coming off in 2-3 days then you can worry.

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reconsideration


Good Luck!
Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? Cata S 5/23/13 2:55 AM
I'm having a similar problem with Paul. Can I ask you how did you ended up identifying "Electronic Cigarettes" keyword on his website?
Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? Zeshan Noor Wahgra 5/23/13 4:54 AM
Same issue on my side.
I even did several tests using different tools but no cloaking or spam found.
I do not know why it shows my site is hacked.

muslim-academy.com is my site.Can you guide me whats wrong with it?
Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? HemiA 5/28/13 1:20 AM
I have the same problem with my site http://www.onlinespidergames.com

Specifically, we detected that your site may have been modified by a third party. Typically, the offending party gains access to an insecure directory that has open permissions. Many times, they will upload files or modify existing ones, which then show up as spam in our index. "

I have no idea where to start and how to find the problem. I haven't touched that website for a couple of months. Any help will be appreciated
Re: Suspected hack - why doesn't webmaster tools provide some details? WP helpers 7/24/13 9:38 PM
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http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.yoursitename.com.
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