Gillian McKeith’s website seems to love spam

Gillian McKeithThe website of controversial TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith has been compromised by hackers, who are using it as a staging post in their spam activities.

Gillian McKeith, who stopped calling herself “Doctor” after complaints that viewers of her colonic-loving TV shows might mistakenly believe she was medically qualified, is perhaps a surprising promoter of spam.

And yet, our spam traps have intercepted hundreds of spam messages pointing to the controversial eating guru’s website.

Here’s an example of just one of the spam emails that we have seen:

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Spam linking to Gillian McKeith's website

A look through our spam traps finds that spam has been sent linking to Gillian McKeith’s website since 16 July. We imagine that is when the self-hosted WordPress part of her website was compromised by the hackers.

Spam emails linking to Gillian McKeith's website

My guess is that McKeith’s team has not been keeping their WordPress installation up-to-date to protect against vulnerabilities, have chosen easy-to-crack passwords, or are using a vulnerable plugin that the spammers were able to exploit.

Regardless of how the hack occurred, users who click on the spammed out links to Gillian McKeith’s site end up instead on a Russian-hosted website promoting herbal Viagra.

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Sophos has spoken to the webmasters of and informed them of the security problem.

Gillian McKeith image credit: Wikipedia

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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