Over 15,000 WordPress Sites Compromised in Malicious SEO Campaign

A new malicious campaign has compromised over 15,000 WordPress websites in an attempt to redirect visitors to bogus Q&A portals.

“These malicious redirects appear to be designed to increase the authority of the attacker’s sites for search engines,” Sucuri researcher Ben Martin said in a report published last week, calling it a “clever black hat SEO trick.”

The search engine poisoning technique is designed to promote a “handful of fake low quality Q&A sites” that share similar website-building templates and are operated by the same threat actor.

A notable aspect of the campaign is the…


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