We recently blogged that many sites from the Brazilian government got hacked and were being used as part of a large blackhat SEO spam network.
Well, the Brazilians are not alone and many web sites from the Argentinean government got hacked as well and are being used by spammers. Some of them are official web sites for ministries, states and cities throughout Argentina.
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What’s more scary than the SPAM itself, is that these sites are hacked and nobody is noticing it or taking any action to clean them up. Some of them even have malware, like ( http://www.sanmartin.gov.ar/sitio/noticias/):
Why are these sites getting hacked?
Attackers are using those sites with a high page rank to increase their own rankings on search engines. So when users search for viagra or cialis, their own web sites will show up.
How are these sites getting hacked?
It is hard to know the root causes for all the sites, but some of them are running old (and vulnerable) versions of WordPress and some have bad-coded custom applications vulnerable to SQL injection. If you know anyone in the Argentina government, let them know about it.
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