In a previous article we have detailed what the Pharma hack is and provided some background information on how the process works and even some information that can be used to cleanse your site and 'fix the pharma hack'.
Whilst our particular expertise is providing support and security help to people running Joomla websites many of our skills are transferable and can be used to help you no matter what system powers your website.
In this article I'm going to show you how to check whether your site has been compromised and is being used to display pharamaceutical products.
One of the most difficult aspects of this kind of website hack is that it is invisible to the site owner / operator.
Sometimes we discover hacked sites because they are linked to from other sites we have identified as being hacked.
Trying to tell a website owner their site is hacked when all they see is their normal website is difficult.
If you have been directed to this page by our team under these circumstances it is critical that you follow the procedures outlined below to gain independent confirmation that what you have been told is correct.
Please read this article and related articles on this site and any other referenced materials.
We fully understand that you must do your due dilligence to be confident that we aren't the bad guys trying to take advantage of you.
We understand that it is important that you familiarise yourself with who we are, what we do, who we do it for and confirm our credentials.
With this in mind we provide the following information.
Since first writing this article in September of 2012 we have been doing a lot of thinking about how to help people easily identify whether their site is suffering from the Pharma hack - or indeed any form of hacker activity.