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Can someone help review our WP visitor logs for possible internal hack?

My business has been using an outside developer who has complete access to our site. Lately we have noticed many business anomalies that just don’t make sense and we are starting to suspect our developer may be managing a redirect within our server. We lack the technical skills to know what to look for and a review of our server visitor logs just makes us more confused and suspect. For instance our visitor log shows many random “xmlrpc.php” entries, but not sure if they are normal or not. We have been unable to locate any service or individual to assist us, so I’m hoping maybe someone in this community can make a suggestion, or possibly help by reviewing our logs and setup. I really hope we are not imposing, but we’re at our wits end. Thank you!


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Hi there,

The first step is to examine Apache access_log and check for any malicious requests. The typical location of the log file will be /var/log/apache2/logs/access_log

You can install malware detection software like Linux Malware Detect, also known as Maldet or LMD. It will help you to locate any malicious files on your droplet.

If you’re interested in securing your droplet (everyone should be in general) you can double-check our tutorial - An Introduction to Securing your Linux VPS.

The article will cover the basic and some more advanced steps in website and server security.

You can check the article here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/an-introduction-to-securing-your-linux-vps

Hope that this helps!

Hi. I’m actually going to try you on your email. Thank you !

Hi, I’m sorry, I’m not that familiar with different commands and am unsure what that is above, or where to retrieve it. I have access to our cpanel, but I would need direction to where start. I really appreciate your help!