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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.
Apr
21

Fake Social Links Silently Deliver Malware to Joomla Users

Fake Social Links Silently Deliver Malware to Joomla Users

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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Mar
21

Why a Slow Joomla Site Is a Sign You're Hacked

Why a Slow Joomla Site Is a Sign You're Hacked

One common symptom of having a hacked Joomla site is unusual slowness. If your site is a little slow, it's not as likely that you've been hacked.  However, if when you load a page you experience a sudden increase in load times of 6 to 20 seconds, it's likely that your site has been compromised. Another symptom that you've been hacked is when the slowness only affects the front of your site and your Joomla control panel loads quickly.

The situation can be a little bit bewildering- what is going on here?!

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May
12

Why You Should Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to 3

Why You Should Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to 3

A business recently approached us to perform a site upgrade. In January, their site was hacked and the hackers were using it to send spam email (one of the many uses of a hacked website.) In response, their web host took their site down and refused to put it back up until they fixed the issue. Eventually, they were able to restore to a pre-hacked backup of the site, but it was only a matter of time before it would be hacked again because the version of Joomla in use was out of date and vulnerable. This scenario happens all the time. In fact, the first question we ask businesses who want a quote for an upgrade is if they have been hacked. They almost always say, "yes," because typically this is the only time that someone has told them they need to upgrade the site.

In this blog post, I'll explain the link between hacked sites and Joomla 2.5 reaching "end-of-life", why else upgrading is important, how to upgrade, and how to keep your site up-to-date and running smooth.

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