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Website hijacking is a serious problem, and it can affect anyone. Payment providers, e- commerce merchants, and webmasters should keep an eye on illicit website operators using “black hat” search engine optimization and similar unethical tactics, such as spreading web spam or redirecting unsuspecting users to illicit websites. These techniques not only corrupt the user experience — they can turn internet search platforms into vehicles for selling illegal drugs.
Our 25-page report on website hijacking provides useful information and analysis of this complex threat, including:
- An overview of website hijacking and the reasons illicit website operators use it
- Explanations of the different kinds of website hijacking
- Case studies of hijacked websites
- Vulnerabilities of publishing platforms such as WordPress