Hacked: My Website Was Hacked! Have Information? The FBI Wants To Know
Today'squestion comes from SBI's private access forum:
Well, I have been with SBI for a while now (since 2005) and never experienced any issues like this before. A the moment my site *URL REMOVED* is offline, and I have loads of spam urls in my referrer stats. Prior to it going offline traffic plummeted around the 7th March.
I keep reading that SBI sites can't be hacked, but something odd is going on so I hope support get to the bottom of it quickly as I don't want any long term damage done.
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Hacked: My Website Was Hacked! My Answer:
What you are describing is someone buying fake traffic. That's not a hacked site. That's someone simply taking any random url they can find and putting it on a "mailing list" to drive traffic to it. These sites commonly use "dead" urls (site no longer online, but with urls that are not for sale), they do it to build "back links" to their own sites.
Once your site gets put into one of these referal databases, you'll stat getting tons of bacl links and spam visits from China, India, Russia, Brazil, and Pakastain. That's because people on Twitter are buying "traffic" to their Twitter accounts, and the scam artists are sending redirected traffic from dead urls, making it look like real traffic is going to the Twitter posts.It's a very common scam. Do a Google search for "Buy 100,000 views" and you'll see tons of sites advertising that they sell views to your site from real sites. THAT's who is sending all the spam referral links. One of those sites. That's not hackers, that's just scam artists redirecting dead urls to fool people into thinking they are getting traffic to their sites.
Most people use the word "hacked" incorrectly. A "HACKED" site, is a site that has had it's articles written, usually to promote terrorist activities by a terrorist group. A truly hacked site is actually a "hijacked" site and you usually still have access to it, but the hacker ALSO has access to it from another computer.
It involves the "hacker" using a software program to randomly attempt to log into your dashboard, using your password.
They will search for an ISPN region they want to promote their terrorist threats, then latch onto to every website hosted in that general area until they can crack the password of one of those sites. Once inside, they start deleting ALL your articles, pages, ect, and replacing them with terrorist threats and propaganda.
Yes, it CAN happen to SBI sites.
If you go to my SBI site, the first thing you see is a notice that reads: Have Information?
Call FBI Agent Andy Drewer @ (207) 774-9322 That notice is because my site was hacked and the FBI is trying to locate the exact person who did it. They know which group did it, just, not the specific person.
If your site is hacked, you'll know it and you'll know it fast, as the FBI will knock on your front door to find out why your site has terrorist propaganda on it, inform you your site was hacked and then you'll be in a mess of FBI investigates, grand jury trials, etc. FBI knocked on my door June 2016 to inform me of just such a thing. yes, my site was hacked. A TRUE hack, which is NOT what urban myths call a "hack". Hackers gain access by getting your password, and no amount of security can keep them out. In my case, it was the Ku Klux Klan who had hacked my account.
He (the FBI agent) said hackers ALWAYS use a local website, local to their location, so as to not "tip off" the web host of the hack. The group that hacked my site, did so from a public access library computer, 2 blocks from my home address.
And before the FBI showed up and informed me of this, I had no idea the difference between a hacker & hacked sites either. I too used to think it meant stuff with spam being added to site, by bypassing security. Nope. It turns out, if you can get a person's username and password, you can hack their site and no amount of security on the part of the host will help.
He said the problem is movies spread the misconception that hackers are computer genius who write mass codes to bypass security. He said that's just myth. He said real hackers have far less computer skills then people think, often practically illiterate when it comes to computers and webbuilding, the only real talent they have being the ability to patently guess thousands of passwords until they get the right one.
If your site truly gets hacked, by the actual definition of what a hacked site is - you MUST report it to the FBI as soon as you find out about it. They have a place on their website for doing that. https://tips.fbi.gov/ I was not aware they did, until the BI showed up (at my dad's house where my computer is located). The last thing I expected to see was the FBI at the door - I can tell you that!
In my case, my site was hacked in around November 2015. They had changed a lot of my really old pages, so I did not notice it had been done, until the FBI showed up. I had been putting up new pages, not looking at my old pages, not realizing that 2 blocks away, there was a person logging in on my account and changing my old pages.
Scary thing was, in my case, the FBI suspects it of being one of my uncles - someone who could easily have accessed my computer and downloaded my passwords, without my knowing it (my computer being at my dad's house and me not always being there, they could have gotten into it while I was not there.)
This article was originally written on: March 19, 2017
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