Princeton site hacked by Pharmacy spammers

The world of blackhat SEO in the pharmacy space is getting blacker and blacker by the day. Site defacements are common and .edu sites get hit a lot. The most common way to get a good search engine listing with a defaced site is to implant a bit of code on the home page that detects the referrer. If it’s Google and it can find the keywords, the script will just send the user along to a pharmacy site. This way, normal visitors to the site have no idea what’s going on. It’s really actually pretty clever, but it’s completely different than the old methods of putting up profiles on message boards and link spamming. There has been a major shift towards this sort of thing. I’ve seen it happen to other institutions, but this is the Ivy League we’re talking about.

Check out the screen shot:

You can check out the Google search results to see if it’s still there.

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