troubleshooting Question

Joomla 1.7 htaccess getting modified/compromised

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We have a site that was developed by a sub-contractor of ours.  They developed it in Joomla (per the client's request).  I'm more of a Drupal guy - so my knowledge of Joomla is only cursory.

Apparently there's something happening in Joomla (probably via one of the plugins) where the htaccess file is getting hacked/modified/compromised...and all sorts of extraneous malicious instructions are being inserted into the file.


If referred from google, yahoo,, etc...go to some Russian malware site.  If a 400, 401, 403, 404, 500 error...go to that Russian malware site.

I've done a little bit of research - and it appears to confirm that this is a problem with some outdated plugins.

Anyone have any experience with this - and have any suggestions for where I can start to debug this thing?  I'd prefer a little experienced guidance or helpful hints before I start googling and perhaps end up with irrelevant suggestions.

Thanks in advance!
Abhijeet Rananaware
Web & Mobile Developer

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