Site Hacked w/Cialis links in posts --help! (8 posts)

  1. hgooger
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My site (www.thegoogers.com) has recently been hacked and links for cialis have been placed within posts and in my sidebar. I went through and deleted the links, changed password, made sure wordpress was running the newest version, and thought things were good. But the links showed up again today.

    I really am not sure what to do about this. I don't run many plugins and the only major change was a change to a premium theme (Standard 2.0) over Christmas. Beyond that, things have remained the same.

    Can any of you help me or give me a bit of direction? I'm really at a loss.

  2. Hi there, this sounds like the "pharma hack." Check out these articles & threads:

    How to Diagnose and Remove the WordPress Pharma Hack

    Understanding and cleaning the Pharma hack on WordPress

    pharma hack

    Have you kept your WP installation up-to-date? Do you have security precautions in place such as security plug-ins (WordPress File Monitor, Exploit Scanner, Secure WordPress), strong passwords, and other best practices? I suggest reading up on WordPress security - although there are no surefire ways to prevent hacking, there are a whole range of preventative measures you can take.

    Good luck!

  3. hgooger
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Wow. Thank you for all of this information!
    Yes, every time WP has a new version I upgrade, but I am unsure as to security precautions (translation: No, I don't have that). I'll have to check that and then get to work on the site.

    Thanks again!

  4. hgooger
    Posted 5 years ago #

    So this could be the pharma hack even though the links are actually within entries and are viewable to all?

  5. It may be a variant - whatever it is, you may want to go through the steps here to clean up everything permanently and prevent future attacks:

    FAQ My site was hacked

  6. danieleio
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yes it's the pharma hack- I just got it too, and fixed it. I've written about it here:


    I really hope my fixes work out, otherwise I'm going to be really angry/bummed.

  7. Boyevul
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Some good plugins to keep in mind (security minded):
    Admin Bar Removal
    Block Bad Queries
    Login Lockdown
    Theme My Login / WP Hide Dashboard

    As well as the treasure trove of info provided above.

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