Servers hacked to boost Google rankings

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Melbourne-based MD Web Hosting has confirmed during that the past 2 weeks its servers were hacked and malicious code were embedded into its customers’ website.

The offending IP addresses were from Turkey and Russia.

The code would cause unwanted links to appear on affected web pages, thus creating a “link farm”, which helps a company to improve their search ranking in search engines.

MD Web Hosting says that the problem has been fixed; but Daniel Livingstone, who runs a non-government site, said to Australian IT that he is considering moving his site elsewhere.

“There were so many files infected that we had to take the site down … We’ll have to rebuild the entire site, which can take two days.”