Google Sent 20,000+ Hacked Notification Messages To Webmasters Today

Google’s head of the webspam team, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter that they have sent out new message notifications to 20,000 web sites that are hacked.

Specifically, Google sent these messages to sites doing “weird redirects.” I’ve personally seen a spike in the number of sites redirecting from their web site to a non-authorized site recently. The webmaster is typically unaware of this redirect because the redirects only occur when someone clicks from Google’s search results to the web site. Typically the site owner doesn’t go to Google to find his web site; the site owner goes directly to the site.

To help webmasters and site owners become aware of this hack, Google has sent out messages to about 20,000 sites effected by this to give them the heads up.

Here is Matt Cutts’ tweet:

For more on hacked sites and malware, see this Google document.

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  • Andrew Skelly

    My sites were hacked a couple of weeks ago. Bluehost was useless in assisting so I found a guy on odesk to help.  He cleaned up all 4 of my sites in 4 hours and get me back in business for less than it would cost for a dinner for 2 at Olive Garden.

  • Jon Rognerud

    Hey Andrew, we got several sites hacked too – a combination of base64 (WordPress) and bad page redirects (classic viagra/cialis stuff) – 302 cloaking galore. Scary. We fixed it via robots exclusion and webmaster “remove urls” procedures (very quick by the way). We restored cleanly all the DB stuff and the themes and source. We do back those up regularly. oDesk rocks, I agree!

  • Thomas Barrows

    Interesting – I just helped clean a site that also had an infection of its php files with base64 code spitting out nasty javascript redirects.  This was also a WordPress site.  Seems like this is the latest scourge.

  • Judd Exley

    ALL of my WordPress sites were hacked, and some continue to be as my various webhosts have locked down access and whatnot (good of them).

    I find it strangely curious that I’ve heard nothing from WordPress on the issue, but I continue to watch with anticipation to see A) who’s doing this bullsh*t and 2) what can be done about it other than the simple scripts that are already out there (just cleanups).

  • Anjar Sulistiyo

    these case ever come to me, my website redirect to russian website. but it can be remove with contact the hosting.

  • Rohini Kamboj

    Dear All,

    My Website also redirect when i open via search .. i have done all update and update  wordpress blog also but still facing same problem …plz give some solution…


  • Catalysts SEO

    By this notification alerts from Google I could be able to find and clean up my website issues. Such a nice feature. I have also fixed up all the coding errors through this.

    - – Search engine marketing –

  • fonstuinstra

    We got such a Google-message last week for one of our wordpress websites (; we hope to be in the air again later today). The redirects were odd: nothing happened at the website itself, but the redirects started when we linked to the site through social media – every one of them.
    Cleaning up proved to be troublesome, and after two days the hacks were back again. We have now installed Sucuri, and keep our fingers crossed.

  • Accident Lawyer

    Thankfully haven’t been hacked, don’t know what I’d do if I did. Can’t access Gmail though.

  • Kathryn

    Thankfully our site as not been hacked as well.

  • Daniel

    WordPress is getting hacked by many of our fellow attorney friends. As of thus far, our WP blogs have not been.

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