UPDATE: “This Site may be Hacked” message no longer shows in Google Search results. Undoubtedly, TV3 has fixed the issue. We ain’t sure if our post triggered the need to fix, or TV3 were already on the way to fix. Nonetheless, we all can enjoy safe browsing!
The online website search result listing for the private free-to-air TV broadcaster, TV3 Network Ghana, seems to be hacked ( or I prefer to use the term, Compromised ), according to message displayed by Google in search results.Site May Be Hacked message next to Tv3 website
The TV3 Network website is one of the go-to news sites for latest and breaking news around the nation. TV3, which has wide reach within Ghana, provides news to tens of thousands every day. With a planned reach of over 90% as of 2008, we can rightly guess the network is nationwide-borne at the moment.
“This Site May be Hacked” means…
According to Google’s official support on the issue, “You’ll see the message “This site may be hacked” when we (Google speaking here) believe a hacker might have changed some of the existing pages on the site or added new spam pages. If you visit the site, you could be redirected to spam or malware.”
As the end user, what is Google’s recommendation on the matter? Well, Google says: “We (Google)recommend that you don’t visit the website until this message disappears from the search result.”
[two_third]For real? I personally after moving around the site, have not noticed any suspicious pages or files that can be tied to any unscrupulous activity or actions. With the TV3 network site having probably thousands of pages or news items, it might be hard to know where exactly the problem is. [/two_third]
As long as you go to read stuff, you might not need to worry much, maybe.
Whether to continue visiting site or not, I leave that to you. However, as long as you know what you’re doing, and aren’t downloading any suspicious content from the site at the moment, you’re sure to be save, just by visiting and reading the news making the headlines.
TV3 website homepage
There’s Good News
But, there’s a but! Google provides a way to get the ‘This Site may be Hacked’ disappeared, and have your website as clean as possible. Follow the official guidelines.Google’s ‘Holy Grail’ solution to “This site May be Hacked” message
There are numerous resources online too about how to fix such an issue on a website.
A short message to TV3 requesting more info has been sent. We’ll update this post accordingly should we receive response.
If you’ve come across a similar message appearing on your website, did following the steps provided by Google fix the issue? How did you fix the problem? Let us know in the comments.