Pharma Spam on a web site....
July 1, 2008 9:17 AM Subscribe
A friend of mine's site is plagued with pharma spam in Google's cache.
posted by dobbs to Computers & Internet (21 answers total)
A friend of mine's site is hosted on Dreamhost and when the site and the code for the site is viewed, there are no problems with it. However, if you search for just about any drug on the planet, his site comes up pretty high in the ranks on Google.
When you follow the link off Google, it makes no sense why his site is appearing. However, if you view the Google cache for the page... tons of pharma spam. This despite no one but the friend having passwords or access to the site and he's running the latest version of his CMS (expression engine) which is, by all accounts we could find, secure. His site also doens't allow trackbacks, comments, or anything else that allows others access of any kind to the cms.
1) How did these spammers do this?
2) How can we ensure they don't do it again?
3) What should we do regarding Google? (ie, alert them? ignore it and hope it's gone the next time the robot comes thru?)
4) I did a bit of searching and found some other people with this problem... they're also on DH, though DH won't own up to it and blames wordpress (which isn't installed and never has been) and the friend not being diligent with his password (he is).