Urgent: HIFA website hif.org has been hacked - please avoid clicking on any pop-ups

1 July, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Since late last night I am getting an an error message “This site can’t be reached” when I try to access hifa.org on my laptop.

At the same time my AVG antivirus gives a pop-up which says “Threat secured. We’ve safely aborted connection on www.hifa.org because it was infected with HTML:Script-inf [Susp] “

I tried accessing hifa.org on my phone and the site shows for a second or two and then changes to “Checking your browser qzgxqt.com “ Checking your browser. To access the website click “Allow” [there was no Allow to click]; and there was a Captcha “I am not a robot” which I ignored.

I have searched for information on Qzgxqt.com and this is a malicious website designed 'to trick users into clicking it, which can result in a redirection chain to [other] malicious sites'.

I have reported this to our webmaster Arjun last night and he thinks the site may have been hacked. He is looking into it today. I'll keep you informed of progress.

In the meantime: please avoid www.hifa.org and DO NOT CLICK on any popups or error messages.

Please note that this issue is affecting our hifa.org website only. The HIFA forum uses a completely different and separate domain (hifaforums.org) and you can continue to use the forum as normal.

With thanks and best wishes, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: neil@hifa.org