Hacked Sites Continue to Rise

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 09:03 AM gHale


Attackers continue to get into web sites as hacked sites jumped by 32 percent from last year over 2015, a new report found.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of hacked sites by approximately 32 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. We don’t expect this trend to slow down. As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more sites,” said researchers in Google’s State of Website Security Report for 2016.

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In addition, Google said 84 percent of webmasters who apply for reconsideration are successful in cleaning their sites, researchers said in a blog post. However, 61 percent of webmasters who ended up hacked never received a notification from Google their site suffered infection because their sites weren’t verified in Search Console.

Google is further trying to help webmasters by creating clean-up guides for sites affected by known hacks. In this way, not only will site administrators have less work to do, but they’ll also be able to make sure their sites are up and running in a shorter time period.

“We’ve noticed that sites often get affected in similar ways when hacked. By investigating the similarities, we were able to create clean up guides for specific known type of hack,” the company said.

Google said prevention continues to be the best way to fight against security threats. Securing your site before an attack happens is always easier and better than dealing with the aftermath.



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