Tuesday, November 2, 2010

✍ FYI: Is Your Website Really Yours? - Unmask Parasites

For Your Information...
Hackers exploit security vulnerabilities in popular web software such as blogs, forums, CMS, image galleries and wikis to insert hidden illicit content into web pages of innocent third-party web sites.

Thousands of website owners are unaware that their sites are hacked and infected with parasites.

What to do you say?  How about checking your website at Unmask ParasitesUnmask Parasites is a simple online web site security service that helps reveal _hidden_illicit content (parasites) that hackers insert into benign web pages using various security holes.

Most times this technique is used by spammers who insert hundreds of hidden links to web sites advertising medications, cheap loans and porn.
Another example of hidden malicious content is code that redirects visitors that click on your site's search results in Google to absolutely different web sites owned by spammers. This sort of exploit can hardly be detected by site owners, because the malicious code redirects only first time visitors.

What all these techniques have in common is they parasitize benign web sites to take advantage of their search engine ranking, visitors, and site hosting which is paid for by their victims - unaware web site owners.
Q: Why should I worry if only computer programs can see the parasites?
A: The fact that you don't see them doesn't make them less harmful.
  • Parasites steal your site visitors redirecting them to other site
  • They make your site less responsive.
  • They steal your bandwidth.
  • Hidden links are rightfully considered as spam by Google. It's just a matter of time when your site will be removed from Google's index and your AdSense account will be blocked.
  • The mere fact that hackers managed to incorporate their code into your web pages mean they can use your site for all sorts of illegal activities: from sending spam e-mails to attacking other web sites. And you will be liable for the damages incurred by such malicious activities or will have to prove that your site was hijacked by hackers and you are not one of them.
  • Any private information stored on your web server (such as passwords, client data, etc) is now exposed to hackers.
  • Even if the parasites are left unnoticed and search engines don't ban your site, every time you pay your hosting, you are sponsoring spammers since you are sharing your site with them. Just think about it.

Their website

  • What are the symptoms?

  • What are the risk factors

  • My site is very small. Is it true that hackers only break into large sites?

  • Who are you?

  • Get the answers to these and other questions when you visit their site.

    Thanks to Alex for this useful information which we shall include in our MFS-Useful Links site!

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