Hacked Sites Up By 32% in 2016 Over 2015, Says Google

Webmasters should register on Search Console for hack notifications, advises the company.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

March 21, 2017

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A State of Website Security Report for 2016 by Google says the number of hacked websites rose by 32% in 2016 when compared to the previous year, Softpedia reports. In a blog post, the company says “We don't expect this trend to slow down. As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more sites." 

Webmasters not registered on Search Console stand to lose out on being notified of hacks, claims Google. It adds that around 61% of webmasters do not know they are infected because they are not registered, while, on the other hand, 84% with a reconsideration request for site review are able to fully fix all issues.

The organization offers assistance with a clean-up guide to troubleshoot issues associated with known hacks including cleaning up after a "cloaked keyword hack" or a "Japanese keywords hack." 

Read details on Softpedia.

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