iPowerweb Host is Hacked or Spamming

May 12, 2008 · Print This Article

If you host any of your websites at iPowerweb Host, you should quickly check to make sure that they are alright. Thousands of iPowerweb clients have files and directories on their websites that they did not place there. These files and directories seem both to spam Google with unwanted links and some try to download potentially harmful files. Of course, these files will quickly harm your website’s SERPs.

You can see the extent of the damage by doing a search on Google for “4some girls” with quotes. You’ll see website after website with a nonsense subdirectory name, such as “jqywy” with hundreds of spammy pages under it, all on reputable websites. See the screenshots below.

If you look at the homepage of the sites listed in the screenshots above, you can see that they are all legitimate businesses. However, they all have a subdirectory dealing with 4some girls, 4some lesbians, etc.

Looking further, all of these websites use as nameservers ns1.securehostserver.com and ns2.securehostserver.com, which appear to be owned by iPowerweb.

It’s not clear at this point how these directories got there – whether this is a result of a massive hack of iPowerweb’s accounts, or whether this was placed there directly by iPowerweb.

Comments

3 Responses to “iPowerweb Host is Hacked or Spamming”

  1. Damir on May 23rd, 2008 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the info.

  2. Joost on June 1st, 2008 5:16 pm

    ipowerweb servers has been hacked for more than a year. they tend to ignore this. some hackers seem to autogenerate these files which are very bad for users. maybe someone should let ipowerweb know đŸ˜‰

  3. admin on June 2nd, 2008 11:16 am

    @Joost – thanks for the additional info! That’s a really long time…