Google NoHacked Campaign: Summary of 2016

NoHacked Campaign

Google has just release summary of NoHacked Campaign 2016. Here are the important facts.

  • There is an increase in the number of hacked sites by approximately 32% in 2016 compared to 2015. Also, Google does not expect this trend to slow down.
  • 84% webmasters who do apply for reconsideration are successful in cleaning their sites.
  • 61% of webmasters who were hacked never received a notification from Google that their site was infected because their sites weren’t verified in Search Console.

Also, Google has created new documents to help webmasters, in case their website is hacked.

How do I know if my site is hacked?

Google has created some guides to fix known type of hacks. Here is a list of known type of hacks.

The gibberish hack automatically creates many pages with nonsensical sentences filled with keywords on the target site. Hackers do this so the hacked pages show up in Google Search.

The Japanese keywords hack typically creates new pages with Japanese text on the target site in randomly generated directory names. These pages are monetized using affiliate links to stores selling fake brand merchandise and then shown in Google search.

The cloaked keywords and link hack automatically creates many pages with non-sensical sentence, links, and images. These pages sometimes contain basic template elements from the original site, so at first glance, the pages might look like normal parts of the target site until you read the content.

Google recommends to stay up-to-date on releases and announcements from your Content Management System (CMS) providers and software/hardware vendors.