Signs That Your WordPress Site is Hacked

Signs That Your WordPress Site is Hacked

Posted 18th October, 2019 by Nadejda

A frequently asked question is what are the signs that your WordPress website has been hacked. There are a few ways to help you identify a hacking and in this post, we will outline the most common ones.

Difficulty Logging In

The most common telltale sign is that you are not able to log into your site. It’s also highly likely that you have just forgotten your password, so it’s better to first try resetting it before making any assumptions. If that doesn’t work, then you have most likely been hacked.

Some hackers like to change passwords or remove users so that they can prevent you from accessing your website. Your user account could have been deleted, which is a clear sign of hacking.

Your site look completely different

Another form of hacking is when your homepage looks entirely different and has been replaced with a static page or isn’t using your theme.

You may not notice the changes at first, as they may be subtle. Some random content may be added on certain pages or links to inappropriate sites. If you see links that you did not add in your footer, and they are in a tiny font size or hidden, you are probably hacked.

Before taking any measures, make sure you check with other admins or editors of your site if they have made any changes without consulting you.

Also, if your theme isn’t from an official source and you have just updated it, this could be the culprit.

Site is Re-directing

In some cases, hackers add links to spammy sites, which could be located anywhere. Deleting them does not always mean they will not come back.

In order to remove to problem entirely, you need to locate the backdoor used to add the data into your website.

For more info about this type of hacks, you can read our previous blog post here.

Browser and Search Engine Warnings

If your browser displays warnings that your website is compromised, this could be another sign that you’ve been hacked. Another reason for this could be a faulty theme or plugin which you need to remove, or an issue with your domain’s SSL.

Sometimes, when you google your website, a warning is displayed then you’ve been hacked. This most that google has detected

malicious code on your site so it is alerting users about this before they access your site.

Unknown Scripts and files on your Server

In this case you need to connect to your site using an FTP client. The most likely place you will find malicious files is the /wp-content/ folder if your site is wordpress, or, in the root directory if it’s not.

Such files are usually named like WordPress files so they are not easily noticed. Be advised that deleting them does not guarantee the files won’t return. We recommend you make an audit of your security. Of course, we can help so let us know ASAP.

Drop of website traffic

If you notice a sudden drop in your website traffic, this is a likely sign your site was hacked.

A large number of trojans and malware are designed to hijack your traffic and redirect it to other malicious websites. Some of them don’t redirect logged in users which helps them to go unnoticed to quite some time.

Unusual Activity in Server Logs

Server logs are actually plain text files which are stored on your server. They keep records of errors on your server as well as your internet traffic. You can check this from your hosting account cPanel dashboard, located under statistics.

The logs can provide a better understanding of what’s going on with your website.

What to do if your website IS hacked?

First and foremost, don’t panic! Our Fixed team handles such cases on a daily basis and will help you identify the reason and secure your website. Has your website ever been a hacked? How did you deal with the issue? Share your stories in the comments bellow, we would love to hear your thoughts!

Categories: Wordpress, Website Security