The Great Hack Of 2011
So a bunch of us WordPress addicts and some other GoDaddy customers got hacked a couple of days ago and some are still having issues. This hack affected this blog as well as some of the blogs of our Social Fabric community members.
This post details what we did to fix the issue on the CB blog. If you’re having similar problems with your site, hopefully these steps can help you as well. Unfortunately it’s not a super simple fix and also not a one-size-fits-all fix either.
Here is what we did:
- I cleaned up the .htaccess file, this can be found using an FTP client or using your hosting company’s file explorer (it should be located in the root directory of your site)
This third step is perhaps the most important. Once you clear up the source of a site hack, Google may still have your site flagged as containing malware. Until you ask for a formal review, Google and other search engines may continue to flag your site for inappropriate content.
I hope this helps you out, catch me on Twitter @cwhittl if you have any questions and I will do my best to help!
Also here is an explanation of the issue and some general tips for WordPress security (it can be a little technical so don’t worry it just background for those that might care)