Specialised company called in
Affiliate Guard Dog.com (AGD), a privately owned site specialising in the protection of affiliate marketers doing business in the industry was recently hacked by a malware programme, the origins of which are presently unknown.
Expert webmaster Dave Sawyer was called in by AGD to assist in tracking down the malware which was introduced on the 22nd October with the payload being initiated on the 24th October. The purpose of the malware was to redirect visitors to the site to third party sites with download trojans.
After initial investigations, Sawyer called in the specialist services of Sucuri.net who carried out a rigorous scan of the entire AGD site and removed all backdoors that were uploaded by the hacker. Sucuri.net are also constantly monitoring the site for potential vulnerabilities and more importantly any malware infections going forward.
The intention is to track down those responsible for the hack and expose them and to this end contributions from any webmaster experiencing hacking problems will be considered.
Sawyer said “he can confirm from analysing the ftp logs and other backend logs, that no actual breach as such of the site occurred. The malware was inserted via an injection, exploiting some code on the site.” Sawyer went on to say that, "the site is and will continue to remain secure. Any member of AGD who is au fait with web logs and would like to cast their eyes over the logs, is welcome to see if they can help identify the point of attack."