Google finally adds hacking notifications to Webmaster Tools

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  • March 2, 2010

For the last couple of years we have been badgering Google to start emailing webmasters to tell them that their site has been hacked and now the feature is finally live – no more having to use Google Alerts!

The system reports on hacking and abused user generated content as well as comment spam amongst other things. The only drawback is that you have to set up the email forwarding feature otherwise you won’t get a notification – why can’t Google just use your registered email address?

More from the Google announcement:

Starting this month, we will notify more webmasters of more potential issues we’ve detected on their websites, including:

These notifications are meant to alert webmasters of potential issues and provide next steps on how to get their sites fixed and back into Google’s search results. If it pertains to a hacking or abuse issue, the notification will point to example URLs exhibiting this type of behavior. These notifications will run in parallel with our existing malware notifications.

A notice of suspected hacking, for example, will look like this:
Webmaster Tools Hacking Notification

Good news all round.

Patrick Altoft

About Patrick Altoft

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events.

  • Lead Solution

    I noticed this today too, as well as malware warnings. I wonder how far it drills into the site though – for example some malware can attach itself to assets folders in certain CMS systems..

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  • Gareth James

    Well I didn’t get notified 2 weeks ago when I was hacked…just dropped for my keywords. I was suprised I didn’t get an email, my keywords in webmaster tools looked like a porn mag. Hope this helps webmasters more.

  • Stephen Webb

    This is an interesting development in Googles features, and clearly something a lot of users have been waiting upon for some time. With the threats of website hacking becoming ever more prominent it will be a requirement from Google users to have their websites security monitored closer and have faster response times if an event were to happen.

    The complexity of spam bots has increased massively over the last few years, so threats to comment boards on RSS sites have become an ever increasing issue. Anything that helps to tackle this, such as the new notifications tool, will be a big bonus for website owners.

    I wonder what other features will be rolled out in the near future to tackle these issues. Security will be a key point as the web develops into web 2.0, with the numerous applications and features this brings.

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  • SysComm

    It is a useful add to their features. All users were expecting this…Hopefully it will also bring along other improvements from Google.

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