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Gootloader infection cleaned up

Dear blog owner and visitors,

This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 293 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 0 visitors.

I tried my best to clean up the infection, but I would do the following:

  • Upgrade WordPress to the latest version (one way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress themes to the latest versions (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress plugins (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server), and remove any unnecessary plugins.
  • Verify all users are valid (in case the attackers left a backup account, to get back in)
  • Change all passwords (for WordPress accounts, FTP, SSH, database, etc.) and keys. This is probably how the attackers got in, as they are known to brute force weak passwords
  • Run antivirus scans on your server
  • Block these IPs (5.8.18.7 and 89.238.176.151), either in your firewall, .htaccess file, or in your /etc/hosts file, as these are the attackers command and control servers, which send malicious commands for your blog to execute
  • Check cronjobs (both server and WordPress), aka scheduled tasks. This is a common method that an attacker will use to get back in. If you are not sure, what this is, Google it
  • Consider wiping the server completly, as you do not know how deep the infection is. If you decide not to, I recommend installing some security plugins for WordPress, to try and scan for any remaining malicious files. Integrity Checker, WordPress Core Integrity Checker, Sucuri Security,
    and Wordfence Security, all do some level of detection, but not 100% guaranteed
  • Go through the process for Google to recrawl your site, to remove the malcious links (to see what malicious pages there were, Go to Google and search site:your_site.com agreement)
  • Check subdomains, to see if they were infected as well
  • Check file permissions

Gootloader (previously Gootkit) malware has been around since 2014, and is used to initally infect a system, and then sell that access off to other attackers, who then usually deploy additional malware, to include ransomware and banking trojans. By cleaning up your blog, it will make a dent in how they infect victims. PLEASE try to keep it up-to-date and secure, so this does not happen again.

Sincerly,

The Internet Janitor

Below are some links to research/further explaination on Gootloader:

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2021/03/01/gootloader-expands-its-payload-delivery-options/

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2021/08/12/gootloaders-mothership-controls-malicious-content/

https://www.richinfante.com/2020/04/12/reverse-engineering-dolly-wordpress-malware

https://blog.sucuri.net/2018/12/clever-seo-spam-injection.html

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By Melephant
On February 27, 2022
At 10:53 am
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Now Where Did I Put That Husband…

 

thelosthusband I really enjoyed  reading this book!!! I found myself thinking of it even when I wasn’t reading it, wondering what was going to happen next…

The book starts out with Libby moving in with her mother after her husband unexpectedly dies in a car crash – a “temporary” living arrangement that ends up lasting 2 years. Through a stroke of luck, Libby and her two children move out onto her Aunt’s farm in the middle of nowhere. This is where the real fun begins!

This book really struck a cord with me – not only because I spent a year living on a farm myself, but also because Libby starts out as a clueless city girl, and ends up really loving life on the farm. The simple pleasure of doing things for yourself – cooking dinner from scratch, cleaning up after the animals, feeding and caring for them – really keeps life interesting!

It really made me look at my own life and appreciate the simple things – reading a book, instead of watching tv. Just being outside instead of sitting at a computer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a “vacation” from the average read – something that holds your interest and is a great escape from the mundane.

The perfect description of this book actually comes from the book itself – “It was pure whimsy … each thing you noticed seemed like the best – until you noticed the next thing.” This one sentences describes the book perfectly!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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On May 8, 2013
At 12:05 pm
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The Last Letter From Your Lover

last-letter-from-your-loverMy gosh, how I enjoyed this story! I found myself reading it whenever I had a chance, getting emotionally caught up in the lives of these characters. I also loved the ending – it made me smile. I would recommend this book to everyone – now I can’t wait to read the rest of her books!!

I kept picking this book up while I should have been sleeping – so while it wasn’t any good for me sleep wise  it sure was entertaining!

 

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On April 13, 2013
At 11:25 am
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OK, so I have been MIA for the past… 2 years

But I have a good excuse!

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I had one of these. In case you are unfamiliar with it, it is a baby.

And he is actually more this now…

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I promise – this will not become a place to share all of the cute things that Dexter does and share stories of why my baby is the best in the entire world (even though he is). I still want this to be somewhere I can come to share my thoughts on all things reading and knitting related. Which, although I have had considerable less time to do these past 2 years, still is my favorite thing to do besides spend time with Nick and Dexter. So, with that little side note, let me share my recent books with you!

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I’m Charmed.

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This book is the third installment in the Jessica Darling series. We are finally in her college years! Yay!

This one was not what I expected. I don’t want to give the book away, but I will say that she goes to school in NYC. I expected lots of fun experiences from around the city, with landmarks and such. Instead, I got a lot of staying in the dorm and coming back home to the Jersey Shore.

The story was, as always, entertaining. However, I wasn’t into this book as much as I was her others. I just couldn’t get into the story, and I found myself getting kind of bored with the stereotypical character situations. I think I just may have needed more time in between reading these books.

I still recommend this series to anyone who enjoys going back to the “earlier years” in life. If only for a little visit.

51/210

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On July 15, 2010
At 12:24 pm
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Have a Little Faith.

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My husband and I audio booked this one on a long trip down to South Jersey to visit some of our friends. We love listening to stories on long car rides- it makes it feel like a lot shorter ride when you take your mind off of the driving.

We were both very skeptical about this one at first- not only was it by Mitch Albom, an author whose book The Five People You Meet in Heaven was not one of my favorites, in fact, I didn’t like it much at all. But he was also writing about religion in this book- a subject that both my husband and I are not too keen on. In fact, one of the other religious books I picked up to listen to on another long car ride was so not his style that we drove without a book instead of listening to that one.

So we were not sure what we were in for.

We were both pleasantly surprised! This is the story about how one man, Mitch, is able to learn about another man’s life, enough to give the Eulogy at his funeral upon his death. It is a beautifully written and heartfelt story about the hardships of life and how to overcome almost any obstacle that may be placed in our way.

We both enjoyed it so much that neither one of us wanted to wait to finish listening to it. (For your information, I let him finish it first. Yeah, I love him that much)

Pick up this book, or get the audio version of it- you will not be disappointed.

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A Surgeon’s Perspective.

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I am not sure if you all know this, but I am an emergency room nurse by trade. I do not mention it often, for it is my “other” obsession- helping people. I love to read other people’s takes on the profession of medicine- whether it be from a nurse, a medical student, or, in this case, a practicing surgeon.

I do believe that as a medical professional, it is important to make your patients have full confidence in your skills. However, there is a fine line between medicine and miracle. We cannot perform miracles- no matter what you may think, we are still human.

I sometimes feel that we are trying to play god- we keep people alive by breathing for them with ventilators, we keep their blood pressure up with medications and we keep them alive.

This book portrays the profession of surgery accurately and with much depth. We cannot perform miracles- and only some of the time are we able to fix everything. The only thing that we can hope for is that we do no harm- only good. The author no longer works as a surgeon in a hospital, which she portrays as a never ending merry go round with patients constantly needing help coming through the revolving doors.

There have been many times that I, myself, wonder why I still work in an emergency room, where, as I like to tell my husband, I hardly get a chance to sit down for more than 5 seconds without having to perform another life saving task, let alone go to the bathroom. It is a very, very hard job, but I get such a good feeling at the end of a long shift in which I have changed people’s lives.

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I Am the Biggest Loser.

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OK, so I know what your thinking- “you don’t have to lose weight! You look great!” I know, I know.

When I started reading this book, I was amazed by the will power of these people- they went from 200-300 lbs. down to a normal size! WOW!

I picked up this book from the library and was intrigued by the idea that a person can lose so much weight. I read the personal stories of how they got to be that big, and how all they wanted was to be normal again. I felt sad for these people, and I wondered how one could let their physical health get so out of hand.

But then I started thinking about myself- I have always been petite- at 5’3″, I was always considered short. But over the past few years, I have put on about 10 lbs, about 1-2 pounds a year, nothing drastic. But I no longer fit into the clothes I used to wear without difficulty- I used to even have extra room in my clothes!

I recently started going to the gym with my husband, and have been going about 3-4 times a week if I cannot get outside to ride my bike or go for a walk (we do long distance bike rides for fun- I know, crazy!). While I am there, I see how many people are there and really trying to lose weight. I give them a lot of credit- it is hard to change bad habits and lose weight.

I enjoyed this book more for the personal stories than the recipes, but I did try one of the recipes and loved it! I recommend it- the frozen raspberry sorbet. It is quick and easy to make, and soooo yummy on a hot summer day.

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

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I am officially hooked on David Sedaris. He is hilariously funny, and his books are awesome. Yup, that is my consensus- he is hilarious and awesome.

I audio booked this one and was upset when it was finished. His stories entertain me to no end, and his delivery is similar to watching a well rehearsed play- in my own mind, of course.

Audio book this one! You will only thank me in the end…

47/210

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It’s Not That I’m Bitter.

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I just realized how many amazing books I have read in the past few months. Thanks for reminding me!

This book was absolutely hilarious! I first found it on Goodreads as a recommendation from my friends, and when I found it while browsing in the library’s nonfiction section was kismet. I was meant to read this book.

So I picked it up and it had me laughing from the start.

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