Just a quick note to the regular readers of the blog about the commotion earlier today. I found some malicious code that had been placed in every single file on every single website today by some jack-ass hacker or something, so things were a bit wonky for a while. My web host (Media Temple) helped me clear out the malicious code, but a bunch of the files were still damaged.

Lucky for me, I carry backups and I only lost a few days worth of material. I’ve never had to go this extreme before due to an attack, but I had to delete the entire website and database before reinstalling my backup files. Everything seems to have gone smoothly and the site is back to it’s old self. I reposted the last 2 articles manually, so you feed readers shouldn’t be alarmed when you see those fly through again. Now to fix the other two blogs in a similar fashion…

I’m also extending the deadline for the current contest and giveaway for a few reasons. Mainly, because I don’t know if the site was reachable this weekend (I didn’t even turn on my computer on Saturday). Another reason is because I’m going to be busy over the next day or two fixing my other blogs that got screwed up. And also because we only have a few entries (like in the range of 4 or 5, and I’m giving away 3 prizes). So the new deadline is the 13th of this month — that’s only a few days away, so hurry up and get those entries in for a chance at some free software.

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Yeah, exactly the same thing happened to us over at Light Stalking (also on Media Temple BTW). Last time we got hacked, I signed up to the service at Sucuri and they sorted it then. For this hack today, they had a script that I just uploaded (as a php) to the server and ran it then deleted. It worked perfectly and only took a few minutes.

I hate hackers.

October 11, 2010 3:45 am

Gosh Brian, these hackers have nothing better to do… I’m glad the website is back, I tried to access it yesterday but it was off during the whole afternoon. So good luck to bring everything back on normal.

October 11, 2010 4:58 am

Brian,

Sorry about the BS you encountered. Hope everything is fine now.

Rob

October 11, 2010 7:10 am

Sorry to hear that – glad the site is back up and running.

October 11, 2010 1:28 pm

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