As an IT services company, we see a lot of malware, trojans, viruses, etc. We help our clients rid their computers of nasty worms and help prevent them from being attacked again. And, unfortunately, we’ve had to become really, really good at it.
Malware is becoming more complex, and scarier. Server-side malware infections of websites are growing rapidly, and the defenses against them are struggling to keep up. Server-side hacks don’t look like what you’re used to seeing on your desktop computer. They are hidden away in the code that runs behind the scenes to make your content visible on the web.
Need an example? Have your ever searched for a company, clicked on their link in the search results, and been redirected to a random site – usually something seedy? If so, the site you’re trying to visit has been infected by server-side malware.
To make things tougher, server-side malware is called “polymorphic.” That means it changes the code it leaves behind every time it strikes. Plus the code often has multiple layers of encryption which further obscures it from view. All of this makes it almost impossible to detect until it’s too late and makes it extremely difficult to find and remove.
If your business website is injected with malicious code, the repercussions can be disastrous. Your site may appear to be spamming , which will cause search engines and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to blacklist you. With an infected page and removal from search results, your business will struggle to compete.
The best advice:
- Understand that you are responsible for keeping your site free of infection.
- Follow up with your website developer to ensure that the platform on which your site is built is being updated and maintained.
- Talk to the company hosting your site to determine that the server on which your site resides is ‘hardened’ for security and the operating system is up-to-date.
- Ask your web developer and hosting company about their policies regarding blacklisting and malware removal.
About Angela Bergmann
Web Services Manager