Google Alert to Webmasters

Google Alert to Webmasters

This week Google has rang a danger alarm for almost 20,000 websites and warned them that they seem to be hacked or infected with JavaScript redirect malware. This warning was given in the recent past also and a request had been sent to the website-owners to check their websites for malware and other infections. According to Google, server configuration files of some websites may also be compromised as a consequence of this.

The Google Search quality team said to webmasters :

Specifically, we think that JavaScript has been injected into your site by a third party and may be used to redirect users to malicious sites. The files are infected with unfamiliar JavaScript. We warn that site owners should search for files containing “eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,r)” in particular. The code may be placed in HTML, JavaScript or PHP files.


Google spokesman Mark Jansen said in an email :

It’s part of our ongoing mission to be transparent with webmasters and do our bit to help prevent spam. In fact this isn’t a new phenomenon, we communicate very openly with webmasters and always have done.

Google’s anti-malware campaigns can have a big impact. Last July Google excluded more than 11 million URLs from the “co.cc” domain, because they were regularly used by cybercriminals to spread antivirus programs and conduct drive-by attacks. Google explained in a blog post at the time that some bulk providers could host more than 50,000 malware domains, and that it could flag whole bulk domains in severe cases.