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Another web-site hack, anatomized – Epilogue

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I hold up my hands and say that I was wrong, in the conclusion I came to at the end of my last blog. I hadn’t detected the presence of the strange strings, added to the URLs of menu links. I had merely detected a symptom.

In fact the problem was that pretty much every SEF-related file on the site had been hacked. The SEF code was merely reading the request-headers and extracting a piece of the URL requested, to add to the menu links. So, whenever a request was made to an obsolete, non-existing page, the request was hijacked and part of the URL requested was inserted into the menu link. Fiendishly ingenious!

Needless to say, once I had traced the problem, I was able to clean it out and eliminate it, finally fixing the site. I also put in some additional security measures and gave instructions on how best to secure the site from future attacks.

The newspaper owner has published an article on my company and how we saved their site, entitled Hip hip hoo-Ray

3 comments to Another web-site hack, anatomized – Epilogue

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  • anoe

    what a great article on the news site that was hacked. My contact have
    seen it too. great job 🙂

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