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How are spam links injected? (2 posts)

  1. b-rad
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I've been the victim of spam links being injected in my blog and have read countless posts and stories about others suffering the same problem. I've also read how to clean it up and steps to take to prevent it in the future, but my question is how exactly are spammers/hackers able to do this? Nothing I've read so far has explained the steps on what it takes to successfully inject span links in blog posts or parts of the template. The closest I've come to an explanation is that it may involve FTP however I have to question that because if someone managed to gain FTP access to a server, why would they stop at such benign attacks?

  2. whooami
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The closest I've come to an explanation is that it may involve FTP however I have to question that because if someone managed to gain FTP access to a server, why would they stop at such benign attacks?

    because the goal isnt to destroy anything. that defeats the purpose.

    in a nutshell: its black-hat seo.

    second, there's no such thing as "may". folks that are hosted on servers that offer cpanel need only look at their ftp logs to check and see if the breaches are happening via ftp - and a lot of them are.

    gumblar and its iterations, for example, are caused by malware on a local machine that does much more than transmit ftp data off to locations unknown -- youre also added to a botnet.

    if youre really interested,

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6894729573807265981&hl=en

    ^ thats the first of a 3 part series on botnets and malware analysis.

    I would post the other 2 links but akismet woould probably block my post.. the other 2 should be easy enough for you to find though.

    -

    edit:

    and honestly, nothing about malware or hidden iframes or botnets is benign.

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