My wordpress site got hacked with script malware added

Posted April 19, 2020 1.7k views

Guys, I am in a big trouble. My web server got hacked. I noticed this script tag

<script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>

at top of almost every index.php file. When I try to remove it, it automatically rewrite the file after i save. Keeping that in mind and after seeing all website running on same server (only php sites), I came to a conclusion that this is not a simple php script attack, it just hacked my whole server.

Any idea what it might be? How I can remove that malware? Should I reinstall ubuntu?

edited by MattIPv4

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Hi @netdevv,

It seems like there is an exploit to your website or one of your websites which keeps getting used to re-enter your files and put the malicious code there. If it’s the WordPress website, I’ll recommend upgrading your Plugins, Themes and the CMS as well to the most up to date version possbile.

If your PHP websites are the reason, you’ll need to go through them manually and update wherever your code has been deprecated.

As for the Droplet, if you believe it has been accessed by a third party, then I’ll recommend creating a new one, cleaning your websites and then migrating them over to the new droplet.