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Dangers of using a "craked" theme?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by the.spike, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. the.spike

    the.spike Regular Member

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    I want to use a theme for a new site that i cant afford right now. I found it on thepiratebay, and i was wondering what are the dangers of using the cracked one? If the owner of the theme would find my site, could he tell that i was using a pirated theme? Also could he take any legal action against me?
     
  2. AquaticGamer

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    Legal action is a possible thing however if you get caught DMCA might ask your hosting to take down your website but if you use a off-shore hosting then you should be good to go.
     
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  3. boomboomer

    boomboomer Executive VIP

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    You probably should be more worried about your site getting hacked. Pirated themes are usually infected with backdoors to let hackers in.
     
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    srinu0812 Supreme Member

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  5. Aussie

    Aussie Junior Member

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    Also take care that it has no link injected or gets injected in future. I would advise to buy it if you are building any serious site.
     
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    GiorgioB Supreme Member

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    I once installed a cracked theme on one of my servers. 2 months later I received a couple of emails from banks saying this:


    We have detected a fraudulent phishing page on a website which includes your email address as a point of contact. If you are not responsible for the website below, please forward this email to the responsible party.

    Our client, PNC Financial Services, requests that the page be disabled immediately.

    Domain: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Suspect URL: hxxp://xxxxxxxxxxx/wp-includes/js/tinymce/pnc/index[.]html
    IP address: xxxxxxxxxx

    We ask that, if possible, you can redirect all traffic to the phishing URL above to the Anti-Phishing Working Group's User Education page located at: http://education.apwg.org/r/en/index.htm This page will help users identify phishing attacks and provide them with further resources to better protect themselves online.
    Information about implementation of the User Education page can be found here:
    http://education.apwg.org/r/how_to.html


    So yeah.. I'd say be very careful with what you upload to your servers.
     
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  7. divok

    divok Senior Member

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    I was once using a cracked theme and my entire site was being copied to a subdomain , That subdomain was ranking higher than my website.I later found out all subdomains on that website were generating content through that cracked themes . (it was a wp theme)
     
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  9. AboveAll

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    A big no-no for cracked themes. Better install a free theme, develop your site, and once you had the money from profit invest in a licensed theme. Also you will get regular updates for your theme which is crucial. Most of the pirated themes does contain malicious code in them which may hurt you a lot. Don't risk!
     
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    Never take a cracked/nulled theme from a place you don't trust. You get hacked.

    I usually take themes from here or some other reputable places. Often if I like the theme and the website is making money, buying it is a good idea
     
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  11. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Theres plenty of good cracked themes that get shared here all the time. If you dont know the sharer then dont download it. If you have any doubt then you can scan a theme for malware.
     
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