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Is my blog hacked?

  1. Is my page hacked?

    These ridiculous ads appear at the top and top of the left side, which were never there before. It's borderline porn and scammers. See is there is a security breach. WordPress can't possibly be forcing this crap on my readers.

    It only happens if I'm not logged in.

    There's people in their underwear and a BS unlimited power generator. This crap must go. Is WordPress destroying the appearance of people's blogs on purpose?

    The blog I need help with is politicalfilm.wordpress.com.

  2. To off-set the costs of providing free hosting to millions of bloggers, WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read the advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.

    10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    If the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts then provided you see this link small About These Ads link what you are seeing is WordPress.com generated advertising.

    WordPress.com does not use text enhance or text link ads or pop-up ads or links in comments. If you are seeing those then that's a browser-ad-on issue, or in some cases, it's embedded into free games downloaded from the internet. See here: Bloggers: Beware of Adware.

    If what you are seeing whenever you save or update a post or page is an automatically added code/script block at the end of posts and pages that you can't delete then see here: Malware Targets Macs and Windows PCs

    All of WordPress.com ads are family-friendly. If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it, upload it via Media -> Add New to your Media Library. Then return to this thread to post the file name to let Staff them know it's there for them to view.

    Lastly, note to eliminate all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs we can purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

  3. I have a screen shot.

    http://joegiambrone.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/hacked.jpg

    <img src="http://joegiambrone.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/hacked.jpg">

    This crap does NOT appear in Opera browser at all, but only in Firefox.

    I am still unclear if it is legitimately there or not. And I certainly don't want it there and would find it intolerable if that's what people are seeing. The two ads don't appear at first, but jump onto the screen several seconds AFTER the page has loaded in Firefox.

  4. I believe that's most likely being generated by a browser add-on.
    Have you disabled all your browser add-ons, rebooted and logged in again to confirm?

  5. P.S. I tagged this thread for Staff to examine the screenshot and the blog for your and respond to your report. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  6. Timethief - It happens in Internet Explorer also. Not just Firefox.

    If this is the doing of the WordPress marketing dept. there must be a way to complain about it. They are destroying the look of the blog with absolute garbage. That's a deal breaker.

  7. I'm sorry but only Staff can confirm or deny if the ads you refer to are being placed by WordPress.com or not.

  8. Here is the current policy from the link above:

    "We only run them in limited places, and we do not show ads to logged-in readers, which means only a very small percentage of your page views will actually contain ads."

    That does not jibe with scammers having a header above the blog and the main position on the left side bar on every page. This is a serious breach, one way or another.

  9. They actually used to have up to five ads visible on any one post.

  10. Progress?

    I found a Firefox "extension" called "Coupon" something and got rid of it. Now it's gone! Haven't looked in Internet Explorer yet, but I never use that browser.

    Timethief saves the day. Thanks.

    My faith in WordPress is restored.

  11. Hooray! I'm so happy you found the culprit add-on and it was easy to delete, not all are BTW. Happy blogging!

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