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Gootloader infection cleaned up

Dear blog owner and visitors,

This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 381 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 380 visitors.

I tried my best to clean up the infection, but I would do the following:

  • Upgrade WordPress to the latest version (one way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress themes to the latest versions (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress plugins (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server), and remove any unnecessary plugins.
  • Verify all users are valid (in case the attackers left a backup account, to get back in)
  • Change all passwords (for WordPress accounts, FTP, SSH, database, etc.) and keys. This is probably how the attackers got in, as they are known to brute force weak passwords
  • Run antivirus scans on your server
  • Block these IPs (5.8.18.7 and 89.238.176.151), either in your firewall, .htaccess file, or in your /etc/hosts file, as these are the attackers command and control servers, which send malicious commands for your blog to execute
  • Check cronjobs (both server and WordPress), aka scheduled tasks. This is a common method that an attacker will use to get back in. If you are not sure, what this is, Google it
  • Consider wiping the server completly, as you do not know how deep the infection is. If you decide not to, I recommend installing some security plugins for WordPress, to try and scan for any remaining malicious files. Integrity Checker, WordPress Core Integrity Checker, Sucuri Security,
    and Wordfence Security, all do some level of detection, but not 100% guaranteed
  • Go through the process for Google to recrawl your site, to remove the malcious links (to see what malicious pages there were, Go to Google and search site:your_site.com agreement)
  • Check subdomains, to see if they were infected as well
  • Check file permissions

Gootloader (previously Gootkit) malware has been around since 2014, and is used to initally infect a system, and then sell that access off to other attackers, who then usually deploy additional malware, to include ransomware and banking trojans. By cleaning up your blog, it will make a dent in how they infect victims. PLEASE try to keep it up-to-date and secure, so this does not happen again.

Sincerly,

The Internet Janitor

Below are some links to research/further explaination on Gootloader:

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2021/03/01/gootloader-expands-its-payload-delivery-options/

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2021/08/12/gootloaders-mothership-controls-malicious-content/

https://www.richinfante.com/2020/04/12/reverse-engineering-dolly-wordpress-malware

https://blog.sucuri.net/2018/12/clever-seo-spam-injection.html

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Manhole Risers in Construction

Whirlygig is a nationwide company based in the U.S. providing high quality and durable manhole risers for customers based across the United States. Their website features a really cool estimator tool to help construction companies, districts, municipalities and other clients like Anipots.com, estimate their needs for risers per project. They offer both forms and radial arm trimmers for every application imagineable.

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Idaho Rapids

There are very few rafting companies that offer the level of service that Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters offers, for Middle fork salmon rafting adventures.  Whether you’re looking for a 1st class chartered rafting trip or a fishing excursion, the MFWO team in Idaho truly is dedicated to your trip being memorable for years. Contact MFWO for your next rafting adventure on the beautiful Salmon River in Idaho.

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Boise Metal Fabrication

BB Enterprises of Garden City, Idaho are known for offering Boise welding services to customers of the Treasure Valley. Aside from Welding, they are also Boise metal fabrication leaders as well, offering precise machining, tube bending, and CNC Plasma Art services as well, all for industry-competitive rates with top-notch customer service.

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Meridian, Idaho Tree Care

Primetime Pruning is a Meridian tree trimming company. They specialize in tree pruning, trimming, tree removal, stump grinding and land clearing services. Being a small business, Primetime Pruning is accustomed to providing exceptional customer service to clients in Boise, Idaho and surrounding areas. Contact them for any tree care needs.

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Custom Wood Furniture Your Grandkids Will be Proud to Own

Walking into Ashley Furniture, you can drop easily over $1k on a dining room table. One of which that took little time to build in a factory, built for efficiency and fairly low quality.

Many don’t know, that you can spend a very similar amount of money on a custom dining table, built by a Boise custom furniture expert like Mahogany House Woodworks.

In the old days, all furniture was built by hand, and as a whole, built much better. Why? Because more time went in to the actual build, higher quality materials, better glues, stains, etc.We are trying to keep this habit and work with companies that provided this, but you can usually find the best at their home, we currently work with a senior citizen that Home Care Assistance in Napa is taking care of him at home, but he has the best ideas for this market

They took. More time to build because they were just plain and simple quality, but now furniture can be found in different stores even online, including antiques online find more at FiresideAntiques.com.

But as companies and the economy evolves, companies focus on profit over quality most of the time. If you want a truly unique piece of furniture that will literally last a lifetime, look to a custom furniture builder who specializes in quality furniture and you will more than get your money’s worth!

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Pacific Home & Patio

Boise patio covers

Pacific Home & Patio of Southern Idaho, is your leader for Boise Patio Covers, Awnings, Sunrooms and siding.

Pacific has been in business for over 50 years, successfully serving both residential and commercial clients statewide with unmatched customer service and unbeatable quality, Read More Here. Patio covers built by Pacific are guaranteed and warranted against the highest wind loads and snow packs. So when you hire Pacific for your backyard patio needs, you can rest assured knowing they’ve done a quality job.

Our Builder-Centric Preferred Builder Program is a great way to add more home designs to your portfolio at a lower cost and take advantage of extra savings, helping you with useful services as vancouver plumber to do affordable repairs.

Add an outdoor reset control. This device signals the boiler to gradually heat up or cool down, based on changes in temperature outdoors. That can save about 15 percent on fuel and eliminate the big swings typical of thermostat-controlled systems. “Installing an outdoor reset is the single best thing you can do to improve radiator efficiency and overall comfort in the heating season,” Richard says. You’ll need an HVAC pro to wire the control to the boiler, connect an outside temperature sensor, and set minimum and maximum boiler water temps based on how cold it gets in your area.

Contact Pacific Patio if you’re in the market for a custom professional add-on to your home!

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Quality Images Matter for Your E-Commerce Website

Whether you have your own e-commerce website, or are selling on other channels such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy, etc, quality images will make a world of difference when it comes to moving more inventory.

Certain retailers like Amazon, also have strict guidelines for their sellers. These guidelines have to do with image quality so that their marketplace remains a fluid and easy user experience for customers. There are certain size guidelines necessary, among things like shooting your products on a white background, etc, just hire an exclusive strategist right here.

Your ecommerce website comes with a content management system (CMS) used to create web pages and blog posts. LearnDash is a well-established Learning Management System (LMS) that enables you to create and host online learning courses from within a WordPress website.

Create new web pages
Your ecommerce website includes content management system features. This makes it easy to create new web pages.

Create a blog
Shopify includes built-in blog software. You can create a new blog or import an existing WordPress blog to Shopify. A blog is a great sales and marketing tool.

Whichever your medium for selling online is, odds are you’re in the market for professional product photography. Whether you need Amazon product photography or photos for another e-commerce platform, Thrive Product Studio can help. We also offer Boise product photography services for local clients located in Idaho.

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Culpan and Company – Custom Home Builders

Culpan & Company is a Boise Custom Home Builder specializing in European home construction and design in Southern, Idaho. Clive Culpan started Culpan & Company to stand apart from other builders, as a truly “custom” designer and developer, allowing clients to help design their home, hands-on, every step of the process. If you’re looking for a Boise Home Builder, Contact Culpan & Co.

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Custom Wood Cutting Boards

Mahogany House Woodworks offers custom wood cutting boards made from beautiful walnut, maple and cherry woods. MHW handcrafts each board, which is designed for beauty, and built to last a lifetime in the kitchen. MHW offers a limited lifetime warranty on all products, and most boards ship with 1 free container of board butter to help the cutting board stay conditioned for years to come. Check out their website for handmade and quality, custom wood cutting boards!

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