Joomla Development Insights

One of the first symptoms that some Joomla website owners see that indicate they've been hacked is when they Google their own site and instead of seeing information in the search results about their product or service, they instead see Japanese characters, advertising for shady products (casinos, payday lenders, imitation fashion goods, pharmaceuticals) or links to pages that shouldn't exist and contain information about another domain's spam offering.  Occasionally, the search results even look legitimate and reflect the actual website, but when visitors browse through they're redirected to a dark corner of the Internet.

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Malware Bytes researchers have identified a new pattern in attacks on Joomla sites. Compromised sites have a link injected in them that appears to load social sharing buttons, but actually delivers malware to users' computers using the Angler exploit kit. In this blog post, we'll look at how the attack works, what makes it unique, and how to check whether your site is affected.

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A common sabotage that we've seen on Joomla sites is the injection of spam links to other websites. These show up in many different forms: entire articles added, spam links only showing up when visitors arrive through the search results, spam links added to your navigation or footer, spam links showing up in your Joomla search, and spam links inserted into articles. The links often connect to shady websites like pharmaceutical and imitation goods e-commerce sites (e.g. a website selling fake designer handbags.)

Unfortunately, links like these are a sure sign that your Joomla site has been hacked.

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