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“Your sites have been hacked” Google told me; they were wrong!

I received this email from Google for six websites, including this one

Dear site owner or webmaster of,

We recently discovered that some pages on your site look like a possible phishing attack, in which users are encouraged to give up sensitive information such as login credentials or banking information. We have removed the suspicious URLs from search results and have begun showing a warning page to users who visit these URLs in certain browsers that receive anti-phishing data from Google.

Below are one or more example URLs on your site which may be part of a phishing attack:

http://www.budgetseo .org/images/stories/2013/

Here is a link to a sample warning page:

We strongly encourage you to investigate this immediately to protect users who are being directed to a suspected phishing attack being hosted on your web site. Although some sites intentionally host such attacks, in many cases the webmaster is unaware because:

1) the site was compromised
2) the site doesn’t monitor for malicious user-contributed content

If your site was compromised, it’s important to not only remove the content involved in the phishing attack, but to also identify and fix the vulnerability that enabled such content to be placed on your site. We suggest contacting your hosting provider if you are unsure of how to proceed.

Once you’ve secured your site, and removed the content involved in the suspected phishing attack, or if you believe we have made an error and this is not actually a phishing attack, you can request that the warning be removed by visiting
and reporting an “incorrect forgery alert.” We will review this request and take the appropriate actions.

Google Search Quality Team

Note: if you have an account in Google’s Webmaster Tools, you can verify the authenticity of this message by logging into going to the Message Center, where a warning will appear shortly.

Sure enough it appeared in Google Webmaster tools so the warnings were correct. All had the same url shown here with

I checked the files and folders. No hacks. I reported it to my hosting provider; the excellent and they confirmed that no hacking had taken place.

So where did the weird urls come from? And is this a way to get Google to knock your site offline for a few days. Very odd!

It’s ok Google, I think your Webmaster tools and Analytics are still sublime. You do a truly great job and a false alarm or six does not make me lose confidence in you.. – Any questions?

Continuing in a very creative mood, I’ve today setup Writers Q & A, a website for people to post questions and answers on writing and writers. The intention is to have something similar to the programmers Q & A website, but for writers.

Although I’m a part time technical writer on, I’ve dabbled with fiction (and sci-fi) writing over the years and really want to develop it more; it’s an itch i have to scratch but it’s in my metaphorical back where I can’t reach it. is a small step towards that goal. I figure if I give a little I get a little! So it’s completely free, no ads. It’s an experiment which if it fails costs me very little.