The Day My Blog got Hacked – Parse Error
Earlier today, when I went to check my blog, I was surprised that I was greeted by an error message.
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘<‘ in /wp-includes/default-widgets.php on line
I checked my other blogs and all had the same error. So I panicked for a bit before logging in to my Control Panel and check the file. When I viewed the file, I noticed that there was a weird code all over it.
There was a script installed there which doesn’t make any sense to me. At this point, I decided to contact Hostgator Support and ask for help. I talked with the technician and I was trying to replace the files causing the errors with the original files from a wordpress installation.
My blog was able to return online but I still notice the weird scripts all over the blog when I do a “view source”. At this point, the hostgator technician decided to raise this issue and created a support ticket.
After a while, I contacted Hostgator again via the ticket and they replied that they are currently “cleaning” my files as there are a lot of them infected by a malicious script. He suggested that I scan my computer for any viruses using these free programs.
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool: http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.aspx
Trend Micro House Call: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
I did as followed and here are my results:
Microsoft full scan = No problems found
Trend Micro House Call = 3 problems found!
2 of them were software cracks but one is a Trojan. || WORM_PKOOBF.SMC ||
I had the program fix these problems and hopefully they will not return anymore.
As of now, I’m rechecking my blog and hoping that everything is ok now. I’m really thankful for HostGator’s support as they helped me regain my blog again. Kudos to their team ^_^
I’m happy to be their customer and would recommend Hostgator if you want a good and reliable host.