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GoDaddy WordPress Blogs Infected With Malware [Alert]


Majority of WordPress blogs hosted on GoDaddy were infected with some kind of malware for the past few days. Just now confirmed this news with some sources.

GoDaddy released this statement on 09-18-2010 at 2:43pm CST,

An exploit affected PHP files on approximately 150 Go Daddy accounts Friday afternoon. Go Daddy’s Security Team worked quickly to clean and restore these websites, however, we have detected additional customer sites that may currently be experiencing difficulties due to this same attack.

Go Daddy’s Security Team has identified the cause. Our forensics have determined malicious files are being uploaded via FTP to customer websites. Go Daddy is asking all customers who believe they have a problem to change their FTP passwords.

Meantime, our team is working swiftly to restore all affected websites and appreciates customer feedback. Go Daddy will continue to monitor as long as it takes to ensure our customer accounts are clean.

If you suspect your site was impacted, please fill out our security submission form, located here –

Thank you,

Todd Redfoot
Go Daddy Chief Information Security Officer

Common Symptoms Of This Malware

  • If you visit the infected website/blog, it redirects you to websites like ,, etc.
  • The .php files located on the server have the same “last modified” date and approximately the same time.
  • You can find a long code like “< ?php /**/ eval(base64_decode("aWYoZnVuY3Rpb25fZXhpc..." at the top of .php files. These are the codes used to insert a malicious javascript on many sites hosted at GoDaddy.
  • If you check the source code of that infected website, you can find these JavaScript codes.
  • <script src=""> </script>


    <script src=""> </script>

If Your Blog Is Infected By This Malware

You really need to calm down (like I did :D) and just follow the below mentioned basic steps.

  • Just stay calm and run a virus scan on your computer to make sure it is not infected.
  • Use a maintenance plugin and make your site inaccessible so that your visitors won’t be infected with this malware.
  • Change the password for FTP and WordPress.
  • Try this simple solution to remove all the malware.

  • Remove the “eval(base64_decode(“aWYoZnVuY3Rpb….” codes from your theme files.

P.S. It is recommended to use the latest version of browsers.

Google’s Safe Browsing Report

According to Google’s Safe Browsing report,

Google Safe Browsing Report

If you are facing serious issues, then contact GoDaddy or Security service like Sucuri.


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    • Leslie Holbrook

      It’s baaaa-aaack….many, many infected GoDaddy sites; see

      It’s Kneber / Waledac. Waledac steals FTP passwords; Kneber is a ZeuS variant. Each can reinstall the other if one gets nuked.

    • Shaq @ Blapts Web Hosting

      This is why i don't use WordPress hosting. Instead i use normal PHP hosting πŸ™‚ there seems to be less venerabilities in my opionion

    • Usman

      means you are on godaddy, and your site seems slow many times.

    • David

      My web site have the same sympthons; google shows that warning. I talked to my web designer, who told me Go Daddy is infected. I called Go Daddy, they do not want to take responsability. I decided to cancel my account with Go Daddy …. I work with my web site, I am loosing money everyday because of Go Daddy. Darm!


      This is not a good news. Members should keep updating their passwords on regular time. It will prevent such problems.

    • Blogging Tips

      I’m safe! Hurray!

    • wordgeist

      I wonder how many times this had happend to godaddy

    • esoftload

      thank god my blog is safe….

    • Luis

      this sucks I not to many people were affected by this

    • Joseph McDevitt

      Just glad I use Hostgator right about now!!!

    • Mailee

      A lot of my favorite blogs were infected with this malware. Oddly enough, only Google Chrome could detect it and my other browsers just opened those websites normally. I thought that my Chrome was acting up again but it’s nice to know that it was actually doing it’s job.

    • Benin

      Just finished writing about a similiar incident. Mine appeared to have come from the “AddThis” plugin though, because after I deleted that plugin the alert went away. But I’m on a GoDaddy hosted account. So you never know…

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    • Mani Viswanathan

      Glad it was removed soon. btw why u still using GoDaddy ?

      • S.Pradeep Kumar

        Am waiting for the right time to switch mate.. some problem here, I need to fix something so that I won’t mess in the end. πŸ™‚

        • Benin

          When you switch does it mess with your site’s crawlability on Google at all? I’ve considered this too. I’ve heard that Bluehost is really good.

        • Health Votes

          why don’t you take the vps hosting at hostgator, at level3 with cpanel, they will import your blog for you, that way it becomes a lot safe.

          but then, you can buy a hosting account and setup your blog and when everything looks good, you change the domain’s nameservers, else keep it where it is…. i did that sometime back, i was not sure that i could shift a site and i failed, but the original files where at the old host, so i just switched back the nameservers and everything was just fine again…

          • Mani Viswanathan

            I agree with the abv commentator. You can use their Transfers page ( to transfer from GoDaddy to Hostgator without any hassle πŸ™‚

    • Health Votes

      that – “eval(base64_decode” stuff created some major problem for me in the past, the junk code was on every file of my wordpress installation… i finally took a database backup and installed the blog fresh. That time godaddy was not enough helpful, they said they can not do much and it is a 3rd party script problem…

      but looks like godaddy is actively working this out, lets hope they make it hack free…

    • Tek3D

      I hope Justhost and HostGator wouldn’t be affected by these malwares. My site was also injected this code once and it took a few days for Google to crawl my site again.

    • Arif Nezami

      Now I’m feeling good.. Remember I reported you of that problem of HBB on saturday/sunday ??

    • SiRu


      I do not think very few web sites (150) are affected. Because I have seen same issue on HHB and some other websites. First I though its an issue with my browser, later google started to show warning on my browser (especially Google chrome).

      I am just wondering whether my commputer is infected because I ignored these messages and checked the web sites πŸ™‚



    • Blogging Tips

      Whoa! dude this is a serious matter, which should be taken care of by Godaddy as soon as possible.

    • Crunchynow

      Not a great info….much concern about it….

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