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Hacked by walangkaji

  • My WordPress site got hacked, almost certainly over Christmas. As far as I can tell, no files were changed, and no users were added, but the sql database had the blog name changed to:

    (4, ‘blogname’, ‘Hacked by walangkaji – The Crows Crew’, ‘yes’),

    A search for ‘Hacked by walangkaji’ shows quite a lot of sites with this same hacked title; I can’t tell how many of them are running WP. There is also a hackers message board where walangkaji boasts about his exploits.

    I have taken backups of everything and taken the site down completely, but I want to get it up again within a day or two. How do I find out how this was done and prevent repeats?


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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski




    I’ve also had 3 sites hacked the very same way – earlier today. The only changes I was able to see were:

    – change of site title (Settings -> General)
    – change of encoding to UTF-7, resulting in some scrambled text.

    This is, fortunately, not a big deal to fix. However, a quick search shows this threat is spreading out very very fast! In fact, a second site of mine was hacked just as I was fixing the first one.

    It is surely worth having a look and start collecting data?

    [later edit] – The intention I’ve had with this reply was to add more information to what the original poster mentioned and to confirm it was not a singular occurrence. I had not asked for any help or input whatsoever and have not diverted attention from the initial issue reported here.

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    @bristena, It is impolite to interrupt another poster’s ongoing thread with a question of your own and it causes significant problems for the forum’s volunteers. Please post your own topic.

    Well, I think I’ve got everything working again, now with latest versions of wordpress & theme.

    Does anyone know whether this is a WP problem or a server problem? I’m on kNet Hosting.

    @bristena I thought your post was valuable! It’s good to know I’m not the only one.

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    @barneyntd: more than likely a shared host problem. Might want to find a new host: Recommended WordPress Web Hosting

    Thought it was worth posting… I have posted this on another thread too but I found the problem resided in a specific theme of mine within a ‘text’ sidebar widget they had added. I deleted the widget they’d added and it has brought my site back up rather than just their ‘Hacked by walangkaji – The Crows Crew’ on a white background. Hopefully this will help others and hopefully we can find a way to prevent this happening again.

    Barneyltd – I am also on kNet hosting… That seems quite coincidental.

    Any clues?
    I;ve been through Jan’s resource links, I’ve backed up my original database, reinstalled WP on the server and re-imported the old database to the new one and this guy is still all over my site like a rash.
    I can’t even make back end changes as it asks me if i ‘really want to do this and to try again’ which seems new to this thread.
    Am i really going to have to rebuild? Am i missing something?

    Thanks guys


    @jprice: I wiped everything, installed the latest WP, plugins & theme, and imported the database from a month ago, which I was certain was clean (it’s not a high traffic site). Then I changed all the admin passwords, which are in the database. The few posts this lost I imported one by one, checking all the data. I’ve not had any repeats so far.

    I haven’t found any hacks to the files at all (though I might have missed something subtle); all the hacks were in the database. So far I have found three changes, all in wp_options:

    (4, ‘blogname’, ‘Hacked by walangkaji – The Crows Crew’, ‘yes’),
    (36, ‘blog_charset’, ‘UTF-7’, ‘yes’),
    (89, ‘widget_text’, ‘a:2:{i:2;a:3:{s:5:”title”;s:0:””;s:4:”text”;s:178:”<script>document.documentElement.innerHTML = unescape(”%48%61%63%6b%65%64%20%62%79%20%77%61%6c%61%6e%67%6b%61
    %6a%69%20%2d%20%54%68%65%20%43%72%6f%77%73%20%43%72%65%77”);</script>”;s:6:”filter”;b:0;}s:12:”_multiwidget”;i:1;}’, ‘yes’),

    I think it’s the ‘widget_text’ which causes the blank screens and other problems: half my sidebar was missing, which is probably everything from this point down.

    Still no clue how he did it.


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