Screengrab showing the hacked pages on the Eircom Spiders site, listed in Google's index

Eircom Spiders Website Hacked to sell Pharmaceuticals

It doesn’t show up on the main page, but a Google crawl of the Eircom Spiders site reveals that it has been hacked and is being used to sell Viagra and other prescription drugs.

Screengrab showing the hacked pages on the Eircom Spiders site, listed in Google's index

Dublin web expert Antonie Geerts was looking for the shortlists for the Awards this evening; he was surprised to see a Google results page offering prescription drugs for sale from the eircomspiders.ie domain:

According to Antonie, it appears to be a well known WordPress hack called the ‘Pharma Hack’, which has been described as “tricky to remove“, and prone to reappearing.

The Eircom Spiders was Ireland’s first web awards, originally associated with Eircom’s forerunner, Telecom Éireann, and known as the Golden Spider Awards. Hacking eircomspiders.ie could be considered something of a coup for the drug peddlers, as it is a well known and much linked site.

 

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14 Responses to Eircom Spiders Website Hacked to sell Pharmaceuticals

  1. Amused party October 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Why would Blacknight promote the hacking of a site that is hosted on their infrastructure? A little counter-intuitive one would think? Slagging their own security infrastructure?

  2. Conn Ó Muíneacháin October 16, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    We’re not “promoting” it – just reporting a salutary lesson in web security. This is a WordPress hack and is nothing to do with our “security infrastructure”. We make every effort to highlight the risks faced by webmasters and to advise on appropriate measures. http://blog.blacknight.com/things-go-bump-night-wordpress-security.html

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