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Filtering out redirect hack traffic

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Hi all, 


My website was hacked with a redirect command that went to a site selling Windows Product Keys. The hacker also changed the index file in webmaster. It caused a huge spike in our site traffic for the (embarrassingly month-long) period that the site was hacked. The redirect was sporadic so sometimes we could access the site without problems and sometimes it redirected. I'm trying to figure out how to filter out all of the traffic related to the hack from my google analytics reports now. 

The hacker traffic is both organic and direct. I'm trying to find an indicator that I can use to filter it out. Any ideas of how I would be able to tell that it was related to the redirect? 

Thanks, Lucy 


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Accepted by topic author Lucy W
October 2016

Filtering out redirect hack traffic

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how exactly did the redirect work?

Did it redirect the user before the page was loaded?

Can you say if redirect happened only from the home page?


If you exclude all the users with time on page = 0

you should get the hacktraffic away... Problem is that there is most likely other traffic too

but if there is no common nominator you don't have much options...


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Filtering out redirect hack traffic

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Thanks! I used time on page as an indicator and feel like I got "close enough".