Drupal Website Hack: What can you do? Here are some ways to clean Drupal websites.
Drupal Malware Scanning – The goal of cWatch’s website security tool, is to assist enterprise administrators in cleaning their websites, checking for hacks, and removing any malware infections. We have provided the following guidelines to help you clean and fix your Drupal-powered website.
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Note: These guidelines are not meant to be a comprehensive solution to every malware infection that you might encounter. They provide a list of steps that can be used to check websites for malware infection.
Clean Hacked Drupal Site Overview
There are many steps involved in cleaning up an infected website. Let’s first look at the steps involved before we get into the details.
I. You can check if your website has been hacked.
- Use cWatch to scan your website
- Check for changes in your website files
- Audit user logs
II. Removing The Hack
- Clean the Hacked Files
- Clean The Database
III. Recommendations for Post-Hack Actions
- Update and Reset
- Configure backups
- Scanning Your Administrator Computers
- Take Various Preventive Steps
I. You can check if your website is hacked by using cWatch. Log in to watch with your credentials >> select your domain >> choose vulnerability tab >> click the Start Scan button This will display a message from cWatch telling you if your website has been hacked. If your website has been hacked, you will be notified.
- Check for changes in your website files: Hackers often leave behind trails, such as modified files, that indicate the status of a website. Always verify that your website’s files have not been altered. If everything is the same, your website is safe. If not, it’s time to clean up your website. How to Check for Modified FilesIt’s simple. It’s easy. Compare the files on your website with the backed up (good) versions to see if there are any differences. Use tools such as it state this is done by using a file version control system.Git is used to checking website related changes
- Use SSH to connect to your server and execute the following command: git status
- Compare the files you have saved with new ones.
- Browse through your web directory to find anything unusual
- Audit User Logs Next, look for the unusual user activity. Administrator accounts are especially important. Log into Drupal admin interface >> Click People on the menu >> Review your list >> Remove suspicious users. This will let you know if your users are engaging in unusual behavior.
II. Removing The Hack
It’s not enough to have discovered the hack, it’s now time to get rid of it. Two important steps are required: cleaning out the website files and cleaning the database.
How to Remove Malware from Drupal Powered Websites.
Log in to your webserver via SFTP/SSH > Search suspicious files that you have previously found > Confirm that they are malicious > After double-checking, delete any suspicious or unfamiliar code from your custom files.
Notice: Before making any changes to the site, ensure that you have backed it up.
You should also:
- You should check for any backdoors that hackers have installed and then remove them.
- You can check if your website is on the blacklist of Google, McAfee, or Yandex. Let them know that your site has been cleaned up.
III.Recommended Post-Hack Activities:
You must take security precautions now that you have discovered some vulnerabilities. Although website hacks can be painful and frustrating, they are nevertheless a learning experience and can teach you a lot about malware detection, prevention, and malware removal.
What security measures can you take to get your website back on track?
- Reset and Update: The majority of website hacks are caused by outdated software. Make sure your website is up-to-date and supports any other extensions. Log in to Drupal admin interface >>click reports>>check available updates. You can also reset user credentials, delete active sessions, and clear cache.
- Backups: After your website has been cleaned up, make a backup. A solid backup strategy is essential to your security. It should be stored offsite, backed up regularly, and backed up on external hard drives.
- Test the Restore Process: If a backup process is not properly tested, it may fail to function when deployed in real-time. Test your backup/restore process several times to ensure that it works properly.
- Check Your Administrator Computers. Use the appropriate antivirus software to scan all administrator computers used to access the dashboard. An infected administrator computer could infect your website again. Don’t skip this step.
Other Security Measures These security measures include:
- Regular security reviews can help you detect malware, prevent it, and remove it.
- Strong password policies Your passwords should contain a mix of symbols and alphabets that make them difficult to guess.
- Restricting Login Attempts This can help to reduce the number of illegitimate users who have access to your computer.
- Automatic logouts are enforced after inactivity. Never allow inactive sessions to continue without interruption. Enforce automatic logouts.
- Installing SSL/TLS encryption – Encrypt your website with SSL/TLS certificates that ensure data encryption, server authentication, and data integrity.
- User Permissions properly Users should not have access to more than they are entitled to. Unrestricted access should only be granted to elite super admins.
- Deploy Specific Security Tools – which can protect your website against DDoS Attacks, Brute Force, and other such popular attacks targeting websites.