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Hack Attack

As some of you know, my blog was hacked a couple of times last week by some mindless, oxygen wasting little twerp.  I managed to get it sorted out quickly, but the first time, I missed some hack code that allowed them in for another bite of the cherry even though I had changed passwords etc. It baffles me how they originally broke in when I had a 12 digit random password.  Who knows how the feeble brain of a cretin works.

I run my blog from WordPress.org where you download the necessary files to your own hosted server and manage them yourself and this gives one far more flexibility than the freebie WordPress.com.  The negative side seems to be the propensity for hack attacks.

After the second go, I nearly chucked the blog in but thought they’d only win.  I think I’ve cleaned the junk out but if it happens again, I’ll have to delete the blog and rebuild it from scratch.  It’s not as hard as it sounds as I have database backups but I could be off the air for a day or so or until I find time to do it.

If that happens, I’ll run temporally from my old blog so go there if you see anything untoward.  At the moment, it still only has the redirect page but I can reactivate it with the flick of a switch.

For some good news, we’ve had some of the best rains for 5 years this week which boosted our storages by 5% in just 2 days.  My gauge recorded about 40mm in the last week but some areas in our catchments in the Otway Ranges got 200mm.  Johnny Wuhu (aka DB Junior) nearly got washed out to sea as his cabin is on the flooded Barham River at Apollo Bay which got a real soaking.

More rain is forecast this weekend so it won’t be long before the farmers are whingeing.  We only whinged because we couldn’t get out on our bikes this week but this arvo looks promising so might get a ride in.

  1. muscat55
    August 13, 2010 at 11:05 am

    What an unnecessary pain hackers are, I think I’ve removed the link to your old blog, so lets hope they stay away! We had 41mm over 2 days, and all the farmers around here have broad grins on their faces,

    I have included the link to the old blog on that post.

  2. june in florida
    August 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Looked for the river in JW blog but didn’t see much of it, probably have no trouble spotting it now.

    JW isn’t too well at the moment.

  3. MM
    August 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Had no idea you’d been hacked!

    I patched it up quickly.

  4. August 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I was hacked earlier this year. It was a ROYAL pain in the ar- – . . . . um . . . . neck! I’m not as skilled with the old computers as you and codes just confuse me. In any case it took me a couple of weeks to get Facebook, my blog and e-mail addresses returned to my control.

    I’m no gentleman so I have no trouble saying these things are a right pain in the arse. And the neck too!

  5. june in florida
    August 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I use spybot search and destroy, a free program together with Avast seems to take care of it all.Lot of free downloads on Kim Komando website.

    Good for you. Microsoft Security Essentials gets good reviews too and I use that along with Ad-Aware. This hack problem wasn’t on my computer but the files on my host site.

  6. August 14, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I wouldn’t have a clue what to do if that happened to me. I’m a true technopeasant. I know NOTHING!

    “Technopeasant”. I like that one but you sell yourself short. You know something to be able to blog and email etc. Computer literacy is a relative thing.

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