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IX Web Hosting DOS Attack

Everyone in the industry knows how slow the servers are at ixwebhosting.. Yes, it is true that the servers are drasticly overloaded, and outdated,  and that slows things down. But another reason why almost all ix hosted sites have an average 68% downtime is because their servers are constantly under DOS [ Denial-of-Service ]  attack, bringing down 1000’s of  customer’s sites.

If this is not bad enough, things get worse if you happen to live anywhere in Australasia, ‘cos ixwebhosting is blocking IP’s  from this region… But at least they guarantee a 99.99% Uptime… hahahahaha 

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This week has been a complete disaster for 1000’s of IX Web Hosting’s  customers.


A new wave of the .htaccess injection is affecting 1000’s of sites, but things just get worse and worse, Google is flagging sites hosted by IX Web Hosting because of the sites being redirected to infected sites.
Some customers sites are even getting “Splashed” by Google with “‘Reported Attack Site’ ” can you imagine spending YEARS building up a reputation and then having your site and your reputation  Destroyed because of a hosting company that after 10 MONTHS!! still cannot and has not fixed this security issue…

10 MONTHS!!!  IX WEB HOSTING… You should be ASHAMED!!

Here is an example of someone who has spent YEARS working hard to build a (basic) website and a reputation, and all was lost…

This is the third time I’ve requested review and had it result in a continuation of the ban. I’m a simple artist trying to make a living while going to school. My reputation is being destroyed by this, as well as my art. I’m not a programmer but I know my html that I wrote for my site, and it’s ridiculously simple. All the 3 pages, even though it was said there where 5 pages, that were listed in webmaster tools were the same exact html files I wrote. These were:
http://www.****     { Links killed by neverix}

I’ve downloaded and looked at the code of each of these, finding nothing wrong with them.
I also have called my Host, IXwebhosting, who crawled through my site and looked at my files. They said they couldn’t find anything either and that there seemed to be nothing wrong. They also said the ‘Reported Attack Site’ html page google slapped on top of my index wasn’t showing up for them. I had posted once on this forum before with the question: ‘WHERE is the malicious code showing up,’ and I was told how to submit a review. Google is ruining my reputation, my site, my client base, and wasting my precious time. I don’t know what to do anymore, because nothing I have done seems to have worked. I re-uploaded my site, changed permissions to 444, removed any kind of php and unnecessary files, changed my two user passwords to more secure ones, and everything else I’ve mentioned in the above text. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve spent years establishing that site and it’s reputation…years now wasted and ruined.  Please someone help me.

I hereby invite IX WEB HOSTING to send me their side of the story about this issue, I will post it on this blog for everyone to read…  It’s only fair to hear both sides of the story.

And NO, this is not just a “One Off”  see 1000’s more :


From a Unhappy  IX  customer

I was beginning to think I was crazy. My site would get hacked and I would change the password. This would keep happening over and over. Yet every time I would call in they would say it was my fault. Well today I discovered that once again my site had been hacked as well as all the other domains in my userid for them.  While going through one of my sub domains I found a hackers control panel which I downloaded and took a screen shot. I even looked around in it. I realized quite quickly that I had server root access and I could see other peoples files like I was on a regular computer. This control panel seems to have it all. Anyway here is a screen shot for all you who wonder what is going on:

I have marked my info out to spare me as well as the folder I was browsing. But this control panel seems to have any exploits you want on it with very little effort.  It even has a handy self kill button which I used. Of course I am sure they will be back and hack right back in. Meanwhile I have to look into another host.




So many people being banned by Google, and cannot find the source of the Injection..

 I have previously posted on this blog WHY you cannot find the code.. Because  the code is NOT on your page. The code is, and can be anywhere on the server ( I have posted 3 links to the code that was hidden as a .jpg)  The code added to your site is actually an Iframe, so what you should be looking for is a small snippet of code that calls the script. ( check your Config, Header, Footer, Index.php etc.. ALL pages that get called on every page

Yesterday someone contacted me with this issue, and that person was also banned by Google, and had spent weeks trying to solve this problem.. They  finally found the code in the CONFIG File . ( thanks to this blog)
The site is now clean, but it will only be a matter of days before it is injected AGAIN!!

Here is the post I posted in December last year:

Hundreds of  IX customers, are contacting me to ask about the Injected script ( posted in a previous post) they are asking me HOW to remove it, because they cannot find it…

The Reason they cannot find it??

Because of a MASSIVE SECURITY ISSUE on IX WEB HOSTING’s SERVERS!!.. the script is NOT actually put onto any of your pages, the script is actually hidded somewhere on the server..

So far I have found 5 “seeds” .. These are the codes that are appearing  in  over 100,000 sites

( These have now been removed by ix web hosting but as you can see, the actual file is well hidden and disguised as an image. REMEMBER, this is where the files were stored that YOU can see on YOUR pages )

Remember to view the “source code” in the above links.

Very interesting is the second “seed” that is actually in an IX standard “modlogan” folder, that is standard a chmod 700 .

Secondly it should not be possible on any shared server to inject this script onto EVERY file on that server. The fact that this is happening means that IX web Hosting has not got a clue how to protect their servers, and customer web sites. 

So as you can see, this script IS  NOT actually put into your script, that is why you cannot find it.. HOWEVER, somewhere on your site, there is a bit of code  ”Calling” this script, and that appears in your pages.
Check  ALL the pages that get called for every page, ie. header, footer, index, config, sidebar etc. 

So far I have evidence and proven that the following IX servers running the following Database’s  are seeded:


If you know of any others that are seeded, please let me know.

Hope this helps

:: Some people have contacted me to tell me that the Injected Script is ( also ) injected into the database, and in some cases a new table is created.
I have checked 9 databases of infected sites, and I have not yet come across the script in my Database’s, so I think that this might be “script” related, maybe that some scripts such as PhpBB2 allows for this to happen, so I recommend searching your Database for the script as well ::


This issue has now been going on for more than 10 months…. 1 year this May.. Will IX Web Hosting be celebrating  this milestone?

Hey buddy, 
nice website, i wish i had seen it before I renewed my contract with the crooks at IX for 2 more years…
well, i am writing because i couldn`t find on your website a solution to clean the infections automatically. so maybe you want to post a solution:

here is what I did:

1 – download the entire site
2 – Open an infected file with Adobe Dreamweaver
– Look for the infected code, select all of it and copy it to the clipboard (starts with “<?php if(!function_exists(‘tmp_lkojfghx’))…”). You must copy ALL the code!
4 – Still on dreamweaver, click on EDIT>FIND AND REPLACE
5 – on the FIND box you paste the infected code 
6 – On the FIND IN dropdown select FOLDER and point it to the folder where your website was downloaded.
7 – click on REPLACE ALL (dreamweaver will replace the code with whatever is on the REPLACE box, as we didn’t write anything there, it will clean the code)

I found out that all the infected files on my sites had exactly the same code, so it was quite fast to remove them.



Thanks Ivan for your feedback, I hope this helps others, also sorry to hear your sites are still constantly being injected. It’s clear that IX Web Hosting still has not got a clue how to solve this issue, and on top of this they are having 3 other mayor issues to deal with.

In the past months, 1000’s of IX Web Hosting’s customers finally turned their back on the “Cheap, Unreliable and Insecure ” Web Host. This was due to the fact that more than 140,000 sites were hacked and injected on a WEEKLY bases, things got so bad that even the “Backups” were infected and deemed useless.
From   May 2008 onwards IX Web Hosting continueously blamed their customers, mayor search engines, WordPress, Joomla, and every script on the market, actually, it was everyone’s fault, except IX Web Hosting.

The past 4 weeks I have recieved and seen an alarming amount of customers furious about the “Downtime” of their sites.

Downtimes of  6+ hours is normal…

I am curious who IX WEB HOSTING is going to blame this time

Shira, 12th 2009f February, 2009
We’ve spent the last week uploading and creating database on our new IXWebhosting account. BIG MISTAKE. All of the database sites give random server connection errors more often than not and the server service in general is extremely unreliable. The online “Tech support” chat is a complete joke. Not once have they been able to resolve the problems we’ve communicated, and we have to chat them about 5 times a day. We’re closing our account today before serious damage is done.

Pete, 11th 2009f February, 2009
AVOID like the plague!!!
Every one of their web servers have been hacked in the last few months. If you have any sites with them, it’s just a matter of time before your code is injected with viruses and phishing pages or completely diverted to a scam web site.
If you have an account with them, do what I did… Get the hell out now before all of your sites are blacklisted.
Try www.**********.com. They cost a bit more but you get what you pay for.

F**K YOU IX, 10th 2009f February, 2009
I’m so sick of the feeble excuses ix web hosting come up with.
I the past week I have called them at least 3 times everyday because so far my sites have been down on average 3 hours a day. Everytime I get to hear how sorry they are, and that the issue will be fixed within 20 minutes!!
It really is time to get a class case together and sue IX for compensation.
Erik, 09th 2009f February, 2009
All 12+ of my domains were down much of Feb. 7, 2009, and since at least the afternoon of Feb. 8, 2009, they’ve been down again, and all of my sites’ files are totally gone. They’re “still working” as of this morning, Feb. 9, 2009, but they cannot say much more. Time to move on.

Milano, 09th 2009f February, 2009
Today I got a call from a friend telling me my sites contained a virus, I googled my site, and when I clicked on it my Anti Virus blocked it with a warning, I then checked all my other sites and they all contain the same script. I called ix, had to wait 25 minutes, probably a lot of customers with the same problem.. I was told very bluntly that it was a well known issue with WordPress, I have been using wordpress now for 4 years, and always use the latest stable version, I contacted WordPress, and they assure me that there are no known issues with WordPress. I then called ix again, and this time they blamed my computer, saying it is infected, and that I uploaded the virus.
IX is an absolute nightmare, and I am moving all my sites away from them, and I will file a complaint with the BBB
Herman, 08th 2009f February, 2009
Last week I had a phone call from a customer why I had not sent them an Email, I reassured them that I had, and that I would resend it 2 days later completely pissed off because they still never got the Email. So I sent an Email to one of my own Email accounts.. I never got it, so I tried sending it to another 5 Email accounts.. out of those 5 emails I got just ONE, but it took TWO days to reach me. I contacted support on the chat, and he told me there was a backlog of mail because of a “Spam Filter” , he told me to create a Ticket which I did, I sent a ticket on Friday morning, and Today ( Monday) I still have not had a response.
So to break it down, ( this is what I know for certain) I have sent 8 emails, and only recieved ONE 2 days after I sent it!
This is absolutely absurd, now I do not know how many people I have sent Emails to that never got them.
Do yourself a big favour and stay away from ix web hosting, they just have not got a clue, or they just don’t care, or both., 07th 2009f February, 2009
Anyone interested to sue due to their bad servers and not providing what they promise, please contact us at

I have tried many hosting companies and ixwebhosting is amongst the worst. Their server will go down frequently. We received so many complaints from our own customers that the website is not working. We get this just about everyday. And two days ago servers were down for 4 hours. Yesterday it was down 3 hours. Today it is down now for over 2 hours and we are still waiting for the servers to work. We are hosted on NS13, NS14. This has got to be the most frustrating experience in our 9 years in ecommerce. We made the fatal error trusting to host our site with The first two months were okay but then after it went downhill. I think maybe they work really hard during the trial period so you cannot refund the month. I’m stuck now with a long period of webhosting plan. They won’t refund either and they will not provide you a good working server.

John – HELP SERVER DOWN, 05th 2009f February, 2009
Hello I cannot believe how many times the server is down.. It has been down for over 1 hour and now they are telling us another hour. This server really sucks.. here’s the chat logs.

Lesya Geychenko: Sorry, we really experience some problems on our server, but I want to ensure you that this is temporary and we will fix them as soon as possible

you: pls .. it has been down for 1 hour

you: every day down

Lesya Geychenko: I am so sorry, our admins are working on the issue

Lesya Geychenko: Sorry, we do not have any ETA yet, the issue will be fixed as soon as possible

you: we have to contact ixwebhosting just about everyday about the servers being down.. this is not the service we have paid for

Lesya Geychenko: I understand your concerns about this, you can create a ticket and provide statistics on the server side issue and ask for permanent solution

you: we have already

you: what’s going on?

you: over 1 hour

you: hello, any updates so far?

Lesya Geychenko: Yes, our admins are working on the issue, they will send a notification to me when they finish

you: please

Lesya Geychenko: The issue should be fixed within 15 minutes

you: ok

Lesya Geychenko: I am extremely sorry to tell you, I just got the news from our admins

you: ok

Lesya Geychenko: They maintain the server longer than I have expected

Lesya Geychenko: The server will be up in 60 minutes

you: ixwebhosting is really unreliable…..

Heidi, 03rd 2009f February, 2009
Just got off the phone with ix, for the past 2 weeks every evening at 6 o clock my sites stop loading, and I cannot retrieve my Emails. It is so frustrating that the support just say that everything is working fine. I’ll be looking to move my sites.
Matt, 02nd 2009f February, 2009
The server is currently down. IT is down about every 5-10 minutes for 30 seconds – 2minutes. Right now it has been down for over 10 minutes. We need to get to our database and info but we can’t. This is just bad for us. really cannot get it right. We have contacted them over 100 times in the past month but they keep saying they fixed the problem. I don’t see how ixwebshosting rating is high on the right menu on this website. It means they probably get some cut when referring clients.
George , 30th 2009f January, 2009
If you are planning to run a serious website, DO NOT use Ix web hosting, they are more trouble than they are worth. Virus, Slow, Database problems, and Email issues.


George , 30th 2009f January, 2009
If you are planning to run a serious website, DO NOT use Ix web hosting, they are more trouble than they are worth. Virus, Slow, Database problems, and Email issues.  
Paolo, 23rd 2009f January, 2009
After reading the reviews about the servers / database’s slowing down at a certain time, I checked my log files, and it’s true, like clock work at 2 am every night they come to standsill intill 7.30 am then they pick up again. I posted a support ticket, after almost 24 hours I finally got a response telling me the ticket has been forwarded to support!!!!!… What is the point of that??.
I am looking into moving my sites to HostGator. 
Gary, 22nd 2009f January, 2009
I am so sick and tired of ix web hosting!
I have had nothing but problems with them. Their support is useless, rude and they lie.
For the truth visit
Marky, 22nd 2009f January, 2009
Hacked, Injected, De-Faced, Slow, Useless Support and lots more.
IX is 100% USELESS!!
jack, 21st 2009f January, 2009
The server of ixwebhosting is down now. It has been on and off and stalling for the past month.. they keeps saying it was fixed but it isn’t. It’s very upsetting. We have had to complain and make complaints every day three times…. anyone know of a better hosting for Windows?  
Melanov, 21st 2009f January, 2009
haha, i know how ixwebhosting is being attacked, I know who is behind the injecting. Over a year ago we contacted ix explaining they had problems, we had a very rude reply telling us it was lies, and the servers were secure. We added a folder with a fake website to at least 200 websites. Now ix wanted to listen, and even offered to pay per security issue.. but now it is too late.
ixwebhosting should listen when help is offered.
Gerald W, 21st 2009f January, 2009
I am in the process of moving my 12 sites from ix, I never had a problem with them for over 3 years, but as of November it has been one injection after the other. IX is not willing to help customers, instead they just want their money, and point the finger at customer once EVERY site on the servers are injected.
Don’t waste your time or money on these people.
Michael, 18th 2009f January, 2009
I completely agree with Blake, every night at midnight ALL my sites on two buisness accounts come to a screeching halt, everynight I call ix, and they appologize, and tell me they will find the cause and firewall the site, or even suspend the site(s) causing the slowdown, but this has been going on for weeks.
Also, I use “Mailwasher” that connects to my mailserver every 10 minutes, and every morning when I check mailwasher, I get an error log telling me that it could not connect to the server, with at least 20 times that it could not connect to the server.
It’s time to drop ix web hosting
Blake, 17th 2009f January, 2009
I am totally and completely disgusted with IX Webhosting. It used to be a great host and I recommended it to everyone I could. But something has changed. I believe they got sold. Since then, we have had nothing but endless trouble with this host…

Last year, they proudly moved to a new Data Center. Of course this caused us problems for several months. They kept apologizing, but the problems persisted. After a very long period, things calmed down and remained that way until November…

Without prior warning, IX moved our site to a new server in November. After 60+ hours of calling, using Live Chat, and using the ticket support system, they finally worked out most problems. I felt like I had to beg to get IX to help resolve the problems that they created. I lost an entire weekend fighting them. The IX response times average between 12-24 hours…

Then again this January, IX updated all of our cgi-bin files in our domain and all of our sub-domains recreating the problems that were caused in November’s unnecessary server move. Again, it took over 60+ hours to get our site up and running. I had to find workarounds to get our site up and running, and amazingly, IX tried to take credit for getting our site up and running again even though they had nothing to do with it…

Even though our site is up and running now, we still have many problems. After 176 hours of fighting IX for help, they have yet to correct the Cron job errors that still plague our site…

The last two days, the server has crashed in the evening requiring another call to IX to get the server restarted/reset and our site back online. This was the same pattern that plagued us after the Data Center move last year. And early every morning, the page load response times drag down to a crawl. This seems to start between midnight and 4 AM every single night. The other day, the slowness continued well into the following day. We get an apology from IX each time this happens, but they don’t seem to be doing anything to permanently correct it…

IX has tried very hard to blame these problems on our code, which worked fine before the server move in November and again up until January. IX does not want to take responsibility for their actions and it is frustrating and disgusting dealing with them. I cannot in good conscience recommend IX Webhosting to anyone until they improve the skills of their own Technical Support staff. It wouldn’t hurt if they hired a few more knowledgeable people to improve their response times too. Waiting 12-24 hours for each new response to a ticket is totally unacceptable. With IX’s lack of effort, a resolution to a problem can drag on for days and weeks. IX does the bare minimum to assist its clients and they do it as slow as they possibly can…

Dealing with IX technical support gets real old real fast. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone…
Hans, 17th 2009f January, 2009
Do not believe their “Money Back Guarantee” After 3 weeks I requested a refund, and I only got about 30% of the full sum, they even charged me $20 for a .com, $20!!!, I can get these for $4.95.
Stay Away from these idiots  
 ett, 11th 2009f January, 2009
If IX is no 3 in the Top 10 companies list, what is the service level provided by those below on the list? Must be pretty terrible, eh?!
I have experience from IX as well as other hosts. Of the ones I’ve used, IX is the worst, (in Denmark!!) has given me the best value for money.
Mike, 10th 2009f January, 2009
Muluut, 10th 2009f January, 2009
I am now just 3 months hosting with ix hosting and every day I having big problems. these people do not help and all my sites are hacked. I ask for backup and they tell me backups are no good, backups are hacked same as websites
ix hosting is no good for hosting.
Laurie, 10th 2009f January, 2009
With them for about 2-4 years. Was OK, nice customer service but innefficient now that I am ahving BIG problems – and now has been a nightmare since January 1st 2009. Now all my six websites are not even loading. Not even an error message! “server taking too long to respond” My site was hacked apparently (never happened in 10 years) and since then problems everyday. Even google has put a warning to visitors about malware from my site. My Google results have dropped completly Now have been pfflne for 24 hours. Disaster. Will change. I was told they are having problems with one of their servers. I don’t care. I’m changing. Will pay more for more. 
Jonathan, 09th 2009f January, 2009
I too have been with IX for just under 4 years, and I too have pure html sites, I have 7 websites, I have always been very happy with IX, and up until September 2008 I had never had any issues. But since September my sites have been hacked, changed and re-directed on a weekly basis. IX keeps telling me about folder permissions and Ftp viruses, but I do not run any scripts, and do not have any folders, so I know that cannot be the cause. I will be moving all my sites to another host. 
Archer Rejn, 09th 2009f January, 2009
I have been with IX for already 4 years and have never had any problems. May be cause I do not use any free php applications like wp or Joomla ? All my sites are html files with some Java scripts. I have never been hacked and all my sites load pretty fast. 
Magix, 09th 2009f January, 2009
Don’t waste your time or money on these people. 100% USELESS! 
kjett, 09th 2009f January, 2009
There is at least one positive aspect of using IX, viz. you learn a lot about the perils of using a web host without sufficient technical knowledge and/or security routines.
You learn that you yourself have to take responsibility for implementation of all the precautions needed, such as recurrently (frequently) making sure your hosted domains haven’t been hacked, having all directories properly chmod-ed and .htaccess-ed, and keeping updated backups on a local server.
These security routines will prove to be useful when you move to a hopefully more competent and secure web host.
beyaz, 06th 2009f January, 2009
have the same problem!!!! they are just after money instead of clearing their s**t!
George W Bush, 05th 2009f January, 2009
Don’t waste your time with these people, they are just a bunch of incompetent retards.
Sammy J, 05th 2009f January, 2009
4 days ago my 6 sites were injected with code, I spent 2 full days cleaning my sites, ix wanted to charge me $80 and hour to clean them, today all 6 sites are injected yet again.. I’m moving to another host, People, beware of IX they do not give a damn about your sites, all they want is your money. 
Anita, 03rd 2009f January, 2009
Add me to the list of customers that have been affected by ix’s .htaccess vunerability, and yes they are blaming me, the best part is, they are willing to fix this for me for $80 !! 
Roger no Kids, 02nd 2009f January, 2009
@ Roger Kids..
You TWAT!!..
People don’t like IX because they HAVE tried them!!.. If you haven’t tried them, how is a person suposed to know if they like them or not?..
All a person can expect, is what they are promised and what they pay for.. NO MATTER what the price is.
IX are RIP OFF’S they promise, take your money and accuse you for their incompetance.
Roger Kids, 01st 2009f January, 2009
Cmon` guys. If you don`t like IX why you choose it? Try to spin around for hosting which is better and cheaper. Let`s see what u`ll get