Recently, it had come to our attention that a malicious attack was targeted at the SwimWithBeth.com website. A hacker successfully bypassed the configured security measures through a software vulnerability on the web server.
Google had detected that the site has been successfully hacked by a third party who injected malicious code into one of the server files. This hack utilized a file to manipulate links requested from Google search results and could redirect visitors to unexpected or harmful content on external websites NOT associated with Swim With Beth.
Direct access to the site by typing the SwimWithBeth.com address into the browser remained safe, but some links found in Google search results, were regretfully redirected. Immediate action was taken as soon as we were aware of the hack and the issue was resolved that evening, thus preventing search results from being redirected to the sites not associated with Swim With Beth.
A software release which patched the vulnerability was released yesterday and was promptly installed to close the security hole. We have also requested that Google remove the message that the site is “hacked,” though their review process may take a few weeks. It is now safe to visit the site from Google search results, but be aware that the Google may still display the “hack” message until the site has been reviewed.
We are very sorry and mortified about any unintended consequences and inconveniences that this may have caused and will continue to work to maintain the safest Swim With Beth experience possible.