Easy fix for snow.talkingaboutfirms.ga

Following dontkinhooot.tw contamination, attackers are using now snow.talkingaboutfirms.ga for the latest files and DB injections.
This subdomain points to 45.9.150.77 ( Nice IT Services Group Inc. ).

Users are redirected to:
hxxps://pipe.travelfornamewalking.ga
hxxps://greenlinetask.me/w_15.js
This contamination affects PHP files, JS files and database ( wp_posts tables, home, site URL ).

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Since this type of contamination is severe, I would recommend to:

a) Check other sites hosted on the same hosting account.
If malware infection is widespread, each site should be isolated, to prevent cross-site contamination;
b) Backup database and web files; and
b) Perform a site rebuild for each WordPress instance, manually adding plugins, theme and core files using only official sources – make no exception;

Specific steps for this hack:

  • Look inside database and web files for “String.fromCharCode” strings, which are used for malware obfuscation.
    Sample: “104,116,116,112,115,58,47,47,115,110,111,119,46,116,97,108,107,105,110,103,97,98,111,117,116,102,105,114,109,115,46,103,97,47,115,99,114,105,112,116,46,106,115”.
  • Review users with administrator privilege.
  • Step 0
    Backup site
    1. Backup database and site files. If you can’t do it, ask your web host.
    2. Disable MySQL remote access, especially if you’re using Plesk.
    3. Change MySQL user password.

    Step 1
    Rebuild site
    1. Download a fresh WordPress copy: https://wordpress.org/download/
    2. Extract wordpress-5.7.zip and add original wp-config.php from a backup ( make sure you check its content and clear malicious lines – if any ).
    3. Add plugins and theme manually, one by one, inside /wp-content/plugins/ and /wp-content/themes/
    4. Move /wp-content/uploads/ folder from a backup, to your clean site, making sure no backdoors are installed. PHP execution can be disabled inside /wp-content/uploads/.
    4. Upload everything back to your server.

    Step 2
    Reset site URL
    Restore site URL: https://wordpress.org/support/article/changing-the-site-url/.
    Easiest way would be to edit wp-config.php file via FTP or hosting dashboard ( replace example.com with your own domain name ).

    define( 'WP_HOME', 'https://example.com' );
    define( 'WP_SITEURL', 'https://example.com' );
    Step 3
    Clean local files
    If site rebuild still contains plugins or theme from a previous backup, all index.php and JS files may be corrupted as well.
    Look for “$a=chr(“, “104,116,116,112,115”, “String.fromCharCode”, “talkingaboutfirms”, and “list.insertBefore(s, list.childNodes[0])”.

    Insert the following script with pack.php file and place it inside your root folder. This way you can pack all PHP and JS files, which can be cleaned locally.

    Search and replace tools for malicious strings inside multiple files: dnGrep, grepwin, VisualGrep ( mac ), powergrep ( paid ).
    Example of infected index.php file:


    Example of infected JS file:

    Step 4
    Database check
    1. As a precaution measure, look for “lovegreenpencils” and “dontkinhooot” then for “String.fromCharCode”.This way you will know if other tables are infected as well.
    Injections usually target wp_posts and wp_options tables. Example:

    The following SQL commands may be used to clear any malicious JS:



    2. Check users with administrator privileges.

    Step 5
    Major update
    Perform a major update, making sure core files, theme and plugins are up to date.
    Disable any unmaintained abandoned plugins.

    Step 6
    Blacklist status & Google cache
    Site should be verified with Google search console. To refresh indexed pages, ask for a re-index.
    This way any infected cached pages listed on Google will be updated.

    Step 7
    Cross-site contamination
    If you’re using a single cPanel for multiple websites, all index.php and JS files may be infected.
    Make sure other sites hosted on the server are secured. To prevent cross-site contamination, each site should be isolated, after cleanup will be completed.

    Step 8
    Find and remove backdoors
    Attacker will often install a backdoor file, to regain access later on. In this particular case, PHP scripts can be found inside /uploads folder.
    Here are some live samples from the server logs:
    116.202.208.254 – – [11/Feb/2021:21:00:16 +0000] “POST /wp-logout.php hxxp/1.1” 200
    193.106.30.100 – – [20/Feb/2021:05:39:33 +0000] “GET /wp-content/uploads/wp-stream.php hxxp/1.1” 302
    193.106.30.100 – – [20/Feb/2021:05:39:33 +0000] “GET /wp-content/uploads/signup.php hxxp/1.1” 302

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    Current domains used for malicious attacks:
    talkingaboutfirms.ga, travelinskydream.ga, travelfornamewalking.ga, beliveingreenmind.ga, lovegreenpencils.ga.

    Previous attacks:
    strongcapitalads.ga
    linetoadsactive.com
    lowerthenskyactive.ga
    secondaryinformtrand.com
    declarebusinessgroup.ga

    Linked domains: bellowforwardstep.me, swconnect.biz, colorpicturedmode.me, dreamnotforblack.me, jackbiggestfollow.me, ro5.biz, blackflightfind.tw, simplyludovick.tw.
    IPs: 45.9.150.77, 157.245.79.75.

    Other malicious URLs:
    hxxps://stick.travelinskydream.ga/analytics.js
    hxxps://blow.talkingaboutfirms[.]ga
    hxxps://cron.travelinskydream[.]ga
    hxxps://sinisterforlogs.me/w_35.js
    hxxps://1.jackbiggestfollow.me/w_35.js
    hxxps://ro5.biz/sw/w1s.js
    hxxps://pipe.travelfornamewalking.ga/o/
    hxxps://cron.travelinskydream.ga/track/o.php?id=7948266
    hxxps://tron.talkingaboutfirms.ga/main.js?s=553&b=2&cid=11141