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Paypal Phishing landing pages hosted at HostGator

It appears that a large number of websites, approximately 500, hosted on IP are being used as PayPal Phishing landing pages.  That IP is registered to, but we have been told by customers that the IP is in use by popular U.S. based web hosting company HostGator.

When the FQDN of a legitimate web page on that IP is appended with:


for example 


will take you to a PayPal login landing page.

Google seems to be aware of the issue and is warning on attempts to access the pages.

The issue has been reported to both HostGator and Paypal, so hopefully they can clean it up soon.


Update: As of 2016-03-07.  HostGator has cleaned up these landing pages.


-- Rick Wanner MSISE - rwanner at isc dot sans dot edu - - Twitter:namedeplume (Protected)


324 Posts
ISC Handler
Mar 7th 2016
This is probably due to the large number of Wordpress sites that Hostgator hosts due to easy one-click installs, and also due to those installs not being kept up to date or having vulnerable plugins (like Tinythumb).

Former Hostgator employee here. Seen it before. Lots of emails out about compromised sites. Many people wonder what's up when we lock their site since they've been ignoring the emails we send out.
Darron Wyke

19 Posts
Ticket: ICU-42611120

My name is Andrew from our Customer Service Management department. First and foremost I would like to apologize on behalf of HostGator for any frustrations related to these issues.

I see that we received phishing reports related to another account on the same server as you. We have disabled the phishing content and reached out to the owner of the account to notify them of this.

If you do run into any other phishing sites please let us know. This article will provide you details on how to report this to us so it can be reviewed properly.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at your convenience by responding to this ticket, calling 1-866-964-2867, or using our live chat at

Best regards,

Andrew M.
Customer Service Manager

So content from 'another' customer can appear across 500 other customer's sites??
Darron Wyke
2 Posts
Not quite. Hostgator's bulk of business comes from shared hosting. They cram some 2000-odd people onto the same server. That's why it's so cheap. You should never see another's content, barring some strange bug in cPanel.

Now, there *have* been bugs in WHM (the administrative panel in cPanel) in the past that allowed for bulk exploitation. But I doubt this is the case.
Darron Wyke

19 Posts

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