Dear blog owner and visitors,
This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 57 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 95 visitors.
I tried my best to clean up the infection, but I would do the following:
- Upgrade WordPress to the latest version (one way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
- Upgrade all WordPress themes to the latest versions (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
- Upgrade all WordPress plugins (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server), and remove any unnecessary plugins.
- Verify all users are valid (in case the attackers left a backup account, to get back in)
- Change all passwords (for WordPress accounts, FTP, SSH, database, etc.) and keys. This is probably how the attackers got in, as they are known to brute force weak passwords
- Run antivirus scans on your server
- Block these IPs (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199), either in your firewall, .htaccess file, or in your /etc/hosts file, as these are the attackers command and control servers, which send malicious commands for your blog to execute
- Check cronjobs (both server and WordPress), aka scheduled tasks. This is a common method that an attacker will use to get back in. If you are not sure, what this is, Google it
- Consider wiping the server completly, as you do not know how deep the infection is. If you decide not to, I recommend installing some security plugins for WordPress, to try and scan for any remaining malicious files. Integrity Checker, WordPress Core Integrity Checker, Sucuri Security,
and Wordfence Security, all do some level of detection, but not 100% guaranteed
- Go through the process for Google to recrawl your site, to remove the malcious links (to see what malicious pages there were, Go to Google and search site:your_site.com agreement)
- Check subdomains, to see if they were infected as well
- Check file permissions
Gootloader (previously Gootkit) malware has been around since 2014, and is used to initally infect a system, and then sell that access off to other attackers, who then usually deploy additional malware, to include ransomware and banking trojans. By cleaning up your blog, it will make a dent in how they infect victims. PLEASE try to keep it up-to-date and secure, so this does not happen again.
The Internet Janitor
Below are some links to research/further explaination on Gootloader:
Weekly art classes are held every Tuesday evening in Beccles, from 7 pm to 9.15 pm.
A autobiography entitled “Painting from the Heart” by Halsgrove Publishers is available for £24.95. This hardback edition traces the life and career of John Patchett IEA and shows the range and development of his paintings from his 19 years in South Australia to the last 25 years, whilst working and living in England. Further information can be obtained by contacting John Patchett (see Contact page), or The Gallery, Holt (see Links page).
One and two day weekend Pastel Workshops by John are continuing to prove very popular for all those who attend. They offer members of the public a unique opportunity to see John demonstrating his style and technique, receive personal and supportive tuition and experience the infectious creativity that has become a hallmark of his teaching.
A number of art groups and societies, who regularly invite John to run workshops include:
The Lowestoft Art Group
The Southwold Art Circle
The Cromer Art Society
The Hempnall Art Society
The Beccles Society of Artists
The Norfolk and Norwich Art CircleThe Caister Art Group and
Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists
My 10 Basic ‘Top Tips’
Here are some tips, which you may find useful, when working with pastels on location.
1. Choose a coloured sheet of pastel paper, or card, to suit your
2. Start ‘lean’ and ‘loose’.
3. Try and work as quickly as possible.
4. Don’t press too heavily and allow for a build up of layers.
5. Use a hogs hair brush, or stencil brush, to clear away mistakes.
6. Keep your initial concept clearly in your head.
7. Be receptive to accidents and incidents, if they contribute to what
you are trying to achieve.
8. Use fixative for a good reason; creating a barrier, darkening an
area, holding a heavy build up of pastel in place, etc..
9. Tap the back of your work with your fingers for at least a minute, to
remove any loose particles.
10. Turn your work face down against your support board with masking
tape, or bulldog clips, and hold it in place, avoiding lateral movemen