I thought I was alone, I asked myself, “maybe had someone injected malware into my WordPress,” or I was wondering, “is my WordPress site hacked?” How can I tell? You see, I was looking at my Google Analytics code and noticed the following items on my home screen, then thought, what is wrong with my WordPress site?
So, What Is It?
It turns out that there was a thrifty hacker in Russia that was so excited about Trump at the end of November that he decided to get everyone with Analytics to see a bunch of traffic coming from a bot that he developed to surf websites around the world.
This was initially discovered by a writer at TheNextWeb, or TNW (here), so I won’t go into much more of the back story. That said, I wanted to make it easy to help other bloggers and digital marketers that are scratching their heads to figure out what is going on with their analytics.
What are the main culprits?
People have been reporting the following in their analytics accounts:
- Vitaly rules google ☆*:｡゜ﾟ･*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ﾉ*･゜ﾟ｡:*☆ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(ﾟДﾟ)ﾉʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO
- o-o-8-o-o.com search shell is much better than google!
- Google officially recommends o-o-8-o-o.com search shell!
How to fix them:
Here is a way to quickly build a filter that will remove the spam traffic and get your reporting accurate again: How to Filter Out The Google Analytics Language Spam
The following page also has a few more tips for combatting spam bots in your Google Analytics, which should help a deeper dive, but until Google releases a fix: How To Fix Trump Bot In Google Analytics