I don't know where to start in searching the forum for existing threads that might cover my issues.
I recently received a spoof email pretending to be from a client for whom I've just started to do some basic SEO and content work.
The email directed me to a problem URL on the site:
I have changed the domain name, but the rest of the URL string is exactly what I received. There is no page corresponding to the URL on the site, so it triggered a 404.
The client did not send it, so I'm thinking that the URL may perhaps initiate some kind of script.
My questions are:
Are my concerns plausible? The sector has hotted up recently and there are some unscrupulous large businesses trying to push small players out.
How can I find out if that URL string triggers some kind of malicious script? Should I ask the host (hostgator) to scan, or is there a better way to scan?
What steps can I take to remove and prevent it from happening in future?