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March 21, 2012

So it appears my web sites were hacked

Guess there's a vulnerability in WordPress. Tech support called it a php injection attack.

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  • At 8:04 pm on March 21, 2012, Ray Escamilla commented:

    Oh yeah. Code/SQL injection is one of the easiest and most popular ways to take over a site, and even the server as a whole. Check out the CERT site for advisories about vulnerabilities and of course, always stay up to date on security releases for software you run (not only on a server). Search for WordPress you'll see quite a bit of scary stuff. The effed up thing is the attacker probably used automated software that found your site, instead of specifically targeting you. Hope you didn't lose much.

  • At 8:14 pm on March 21, 2012, Luke Shiras commented:

    We'll see. I'm waiting for the webhost to provide backup files and I'm trying to redirect to a generic page until I get things cleaned up. As long as my blog data base isn't messed up, I should be good – just slow.

  • At 10:09 pm on March 21, 2012, Julia Shiras commented:

    Oh, no! What does that mean? they have our info or they were messing or stealing content?

  • At 10:19 pm on March 21, 2012, Luke Shiras commented:

    They basically made all our sites a single page saying "Hacked by SO-n-SO" with a couple of images and some other text. In the end, I just had to replace the corrupted file (wp-config.php) with a good copy. So everything is back to normal.

    I'll have to do some research to make sure we're not still vulnerable but since the attack was automated (someone ran a computer script) I doubt we'll be hit again any time soon.

  • At 12:10 am on March 22, 2012, Bill C commented:


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