Google has now blacklisted over 10,000 websites that have been infected with SoakSoak – a new malware that is going on an internet rampage. Experts speculate that the 10,000 sites that Google has banned is only the tip of the iceberg – the potential number of infected sites is the range of 100,000. SoakSoak is a typical malware that compromises your personal information such photos, passwords, and credit cards. The good news is that SoakSoak.ru, the domain that was the source of the malware, is now offline, which makes it seem that the creators of SoakSoak weren’t ready for so much exposure, so fast.
The security site Sucuri noted that it will difficult to wipe out the malware when so many users don’t even know its there – RevSlider comes pre-installed with many of the themes on WordPress, so it will take some time for everyone to hear about SoakSoak and update their plug-ins, since RevSlider doesn’t have automatic updates.
The gaming site Dulfy was caught in the first wave of attacks, but actually managed to fix the problem by removing code and putting up a firewall. However, not all sites possess such a dedicated staff and may subject to the malware for quite a while. Dulfy staff noted that the firewall is only a temporary measure until they get to the core of the matter.
More news about SoakSoak can be found at the Sucuri website.