I Survived! lol

May 7, 2012

Dear Diary

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Thanks to all who sent your condolences here and on my other blogs and social networks, about the hack attack I suffered. I am happy to say that (Lord willing) the problem is resolved. My blogs are clean. Because of the nature of my web hosting (shared hosting), all my blogs (13 of them!) were affected in some way. This blog and my travel blog were especially attacked. It was nasty. I spent four entire days working all day long to get in under control. Thanks to Hostgator, they helped me sift through stuff, deleted some of the malicious crud, endured my wailing and crying, and scanned my blogs endlessly until we were all sure they are clean.

I have been moving everything over to a spanking new server. LOTS of work, and I have just one more blog to move (the biggest project, my travel blog). I have to redo the theme and basically start from scratch there.

On the bright side, I have learned more about SQL databases and php script in four days than I have in 14 years. :pcpow:

You know, whenever I met anyone who’d been hacked, I was always full of questions: what?! how?! when?! what did you do?! I always wondered why they were so quiet about it and why they didn’t tell their whole story…

Well, now I know.

IT’S EXHAUSTING. After such a long, tempestuous, and near-fatal experience, it’s exhausting to rehash the entire thing again. It’s almost like: I SURVIVED. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT. I WANT IT OVER.

I hope to sometime recover from the exhaustion to be able to tell my story, at least as a warning or a help to others. Like many blogs out there, my hack came from a (most probable) theme vulnerability. I was totally unaware that my themes needed updating and apparently there were some serious vulnerabilities. I had also installed a plugin that was a hacker tool. Watch those plugins, folks.

So anyway, I’ll rehash the entire sordid story. Someday. Right now, I’m going to peel my sore eyes off the computer monitor, pluck my fingers from the keyboard (they were nearly grafted on), and get some much-needed rest. I still have to build the other website yet, so I must reserve my energy.

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3 Responses to “I Survived! lol”

  1. Beth Says:

    Glad you’re back and ALIVE! Good thing you have the skill to fix it – I’d be DOOMED!

  2. Secondary Roads Says:

    I’ve been there. :gah: Just a few Websites, but it resulted in a few days of frustration. :banghead: :starry Perhaps I was fortunate, but once I’d discovered the problem, it was easily fixed. šŸ™‚ I changed passwords and tightened security and have been doing well since. :teddy: FWIW, I really like the custom smilies.

  3. Anna Says:

    Custom smiles? There are custom smiles? Oh, fun!! :frolic: :luvs: