123-reg have now issued a statment;
We’ve been made aware of a security issue facing websites using WordPress. We take security very seriously at 123-reg, so we want to check if this matter has affected your site.
If you use the blogging platform WordPress on your web hosting, you may have been the victim of a security hack (please ignore this email if you haven't installed WordPress on your hosting).
The problem is due to a security breach caused by hackers, who have targeted sites that use WordPress. WordPress is an open source application, making it vulnerable to such attacks.
As your hosting provider, we want to help you counter this WordPress hack as quickly and as effectively as possible. To do so, please follow these simple steps as soon as you can:
1. Run a simple cleanup script
If your WordPress site has been hacked, you will need to run this
simple cleanup solution script (written to defeat this WordPress hack).
2. Scan your local machine
Run a full anti-virus scan on the local PC from which you administer
your WordPress account.
3. Change all your user passwords
Change any user passwords for WordPress account, your FTP
account and MySQL account.
4. Change your secret keys
If hackers have stolen your password they may remain logged into
your WordPress account until you have changed your secret keys.
Visit the WordPress key generator to obtain a new random set of keys.
Then overwrite your secret keys wp-config.php file with the new ones.
This will disable the hacker's connection.
5. Take a backup of your WordPress files
Backup all of your WordPress files to your local PC (label them as
'hacked site backup). You can then investigate these files later.
That should do the trick!
If you have been affected by the WordPress hack, we're sure that the above steps will completey eradicate the problem – allowing your website to function as before.
We'd like to stress that this WordPress hack bears no relation to the security of your 123-reg web hosting itself. This remains robust and very well protected from any attacks by hackers.