Impact of malware on Google traffic

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  • September 20, 2010
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Some of you may have noticed that Blogstorm was subject to a malware hacking a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to everybody to contacted me to point the issue out – Google sent an automated email to alert me to the problem which is very proactive of them.

I’m just back from 2 weeks holiday so my involvement in fixing this was pretty much zero however it was a tough hack to track down and it took a few days to get the issue resolved.

As you can see from the chart below Google Organic traffic went from the average 1300/day mark down to around 10 visits per day. Pretty bad news when it happened for 5 days in a row.

Malware traffic

Getting malware is a nightmare, I have no idea how the average person without a team of developers would be able to fix things. We still don’t know what happened however it seems that the prototype.js file was the one modified.