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blackhat exploit virus: help needed!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by kuryakin, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. kuryakin

    kuryakin Regular Member

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    Hi folks, hoping someone can help me..

    I downloaded the free trial of Article Kevo and as it was submitting to bookmarking sites I got repeated warnings from AVG of a virus named 'blackhat exploit' (can't remember the exact name but pretty sure thats what it was) Anyway I did a scan and nothing came up so I assumed it was a false positive.

    Now, two days later, I try to access one of the sites I was submitting to and get the same message. Now it seems that site and two others are returning a 500 server error.

    So, I have two questions.. One- have I been hacked? and two- did this happen as a result of auto submitting articles two bookmarking sites? And if so, How?!

    Thanks a lot..
     
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    Wait.. you mean your site returns a 500 Internal Server Error, or the bookmark site you were submitting to?

    Cause that's a game-changing detail. If it's not your website, a lot of cheap pligg-based bookmarks sites go down overnight so it's normal.

    Also AVG might be aware that this tool can be used with malicious intent and therefore classifies it as a "blackhat exploit".

    If it would be a virus it would clearly tell you that this is either a backdoor trojan or a rootkit, implying it's detectable.
     
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    sn0rt Elite Member

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    Do you know what a 500 server error is?

    Look up what the error means..
     
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  4. kuryakin

    kuryakin Regular Member

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    Thanks for the quick responses: I mean my site returns a server error.

    I know it suggests a problem with the server and not the site, however I do have better wpsecurity plugin installed which can return that error in the event of a brute force hack for example.. That is why I was wondering if I have been hacked.

    Cheers
     
  5. kuryakin

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    Ok, this is really weird- Contacted the hosting company as it seemed to be a hosting issue. They say the sites are fine. Checked from two machines, cleared cache etc and used different proxies and i still get the error.
    Then I noticed my favicon on one of the sites has been changed to a skull! So I tell the hosting company this and they say there's no skull. I check again and sure enough it's gone! However I did take a screenshot first so i'm not going crazy! fav1.PNG
    Any ideas what the hell is going on?
     
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    Maybe the hosting company's servers were infected but they didn't want to publicize it?
     
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  7. kuryakin

    kuryakin Regular Member

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    I think you're right.. They have fixed the sites but wouldn't say what was wrong- just 'some issue with the server'
    Anyway, fingers crossed it's all good now..
     
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    Run of the mill business practice these days.
     
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    That's probably what it is. News travels fast here.