Ever seen companies' websites hijacked from search results?

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Ever seen companies' websites hijacked from search results?

It’s happened to me a few times, with different flashlight brands. Can’t reproduce it right now. I click on a Google search result that should take me to the company’s page, but I get redirected to a spam site. Last one was to some sweepstakes .club URL.

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You sure you’re using Google? Maybe you have an infected or bad plugin installed on your browser?

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thijsco19 wrote:
You sure you’re using Google? Maybe you have an infected or bad plugin installed on your browser?

That would be my first guess too. But I forgot to mention it was on my iPhone (I know iPhones aren’t immune but it’s unlikely), it only happens to some websites, and only the first time I click the link.

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Yup, Rofis is one of them. 

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freeme wrote:

Yup, Rofis is one of them. 

YES!! This was the latest one but I can’t recreate it right now.

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That happened to me with Rofis a while ago, but it was very intermittent.

I find myself wondering if a dodgy domain registrar is playing games with DNS or something to randomly divert people to spam sites in exchange for money under the counter.

“Guaranteed quality hits! We’ll divert a small percentage of legitimate requests to your site for just a small commission!”

If I were Rofis, I would be investigating this very closely, because being known for spam would seriously damage their reputation.

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EDCba wrote:
thijsco19 wrote:
You sure you’re using Google? Maybe you have an infected or bad plugin installed on your browser?

That would be my first guess too. But I forgot to mention it was on my iPhone (I know iPhones aren’t immune but it’s unlikely), it only happens to some websites, and only the first time I click the link.

Yes, I see all sorts of legitimate websites and terms that get harvested by link spammers. I think it might be malware on the server side. But they basically need legitimate sentences and blocks of text to fool Google into thinking it’s a legitimate page, and then they mix in their spam links to boost the Google page rank.

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It’s still happening, and this time I caught a video of it! Haven’t managed to edit it, but here’s a screenshot of history:

Rofis’ page again. Rofis’ reputation is rapidly going down the drain.