Scan your homepage for outbound links - I found a PAYDAYLOAN link injected by a Wordpress Widget

by F1SEO
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Just a heads up incase anyone's using Social Media Widget V3 plugin to generate Social Media icons in the sidebar on Wordpress sites.

WordPress › Social Media Widget « WordPress Plugins

Better to upgrade it to V4 because V3 has sponsored links using a remote include in the source.

I found a paydayloan link in one of my sites, and I traced it back to this widget.

Nice javascript makes it hide but still live.

Apparently V4 doesn't have it.

I typed up a little here .. Malicious code and link injection in Social Media Widget Wordpress Plugin V3 - BEWARE more | Freedom to Explore

My advice is : Upgrade it ... or ditch it.

Scan your homepage for outbound links with this tool -> Bad Neighborhood - Link Exchange Tool

Dodgy or what?
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    I read about something similar on another forum a while back. One of the big SEO blogs had looked into how really spammy affiliate sites could continually rank #1 in Google for terms like payday loan and when analysed most of their links were coming from footer links that had been hidden in themes and plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Yes, many folks load up plug-ins and themes willy-nilly without ever seeing if they are secure.
    Hence the persistent warnings on the WF by Alexa and others about doing searches for 'free WP themes' etc.
    Spamming [insert rude word] are everywhere.

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    • Profile picture of the author RKeele
      Neat little Link Exchange Tool. I never knew about it, but just tried it and it worked well. Thanks for posting about it. I will use it again.

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