Google: Hacking has Increased in last 12 Months

Google: Hacking has Increased in last 12 Months
Google has released its latest cyber security figures as part of its #NoHacked campaign and its update shows a growth in hacking over the last 12 months. The popular key phrase research tool, Word Tracker, has released an article which states that Google says hacking on the rise. The search engine says the number of incidents of hacked sites grew by 32% between 2015 and 2016 – a figure it expects to rise this year as hackers become more aggressive, sites become outdated and the cyber criminals quicker to take advantage of that lax security.

When Google notices a site has been hacked, it will send a notification to the webmaster via the Search Console. In 61% of cases, hacked site owners do not get a notification from Google – not because the search engine fails to catch the hack but, it says, because the site was not verified in Search Console. On the flip side, of those who are notified of an infected site, 84% are successful when they apply for their site to be reconsidered after removing the malicious content and cleaning the domain of infected files.

In order to help webmasters fight off the increasing number of attacks, Google has also made a few changes to how it can help. The search engine notes that its most often received request is to make hacked site documentation easier to understand. As a result, the search engine has made a number of amendments to its hacked sites information. Chief among them it cites the following new documents which it has added to its webmaster help offering:

Top ways websites get hacked

This is a new article within the Webmasters Guide section of This article helps webmasters to understand how their site may be compromised, so they can better arm themselves against an attack. The document outlines a number of security lapses to be mindful of and discusses the most popular methods of hacking a site. They include the need to create a strong password, keep software up to date, use updated themes and plugins, implement robust security policies and conduct periodic checks on sensitive data.

Glossary for hacked sites

This new glossary is also located within the Webmasters Guide area for developers. It provides a definition for a large list of technical terms used throughout Google’s wider documentation on hacking, to help webmasters translate from tech speak to real world scenarios when attempting to navigate the hacked site documentation. It lists a range of terms such as cloaking, obfuscation, phishing and two-factor authentication (2FA), along with a plain English definition of each.

FAQs for hacked sites

While Google says this is a guide, it is currently a fairly small document with just four questions and answers covered. The search engine says this section brings together its most commonly asked questions about hacking so it’s possible that this guide is still a work in progress with more information to be added at a future date.

To read the full article, visit the Word Tracker posting.