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Extremely Average #256: I have been Attacked!

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 1434 days ago 815 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 255: Ugh...wrote blog...lost it...ugh. Part 256 of Extremely Average series Part 257: I fixed my site »

Yesterday I started to get messages that my sight was considered a threat to all of humanity. There were scary red letters and I feared the worst.

Apparently somebody, likely a middle aged, socially awkward, virgin, had found my blog and after eating some hot pockets, his chain smoking, raging alcoholic mother had brought down to him in the basement (‘Apartment’),and had decided to hack into my blog.

In doing so he has stuck fear into the hearts of my readers. I apologize for the scare and I assure you that I am working diligently to fix the problem. In fact, I have done nothing else since last night. I have a bit of a headache.

My friends on twitter were the ones who helped me figure out what was going on. For at least two hours I searched my computer looking for an answer, as I thought the problem was local. The twitter folks explained that I would need to take down my my blog, back up the data base, delete word press, install word press, and then FTP the data back into the new database. Sounds easy eh?

Actually it didn’t sound easy to me at all. There were instructions which the fine folks at Godaddy.com provided and they helped a little. The real help came from the customer service people. They have been great and already spent several hours with me on the phone. If it weren’t for them, I would like have taken my own life, so that I might come back as a ghost and haunt the hacker who ruined my life.

So if you tried the blog last night, there was a post, without pictures, as I couldn’t upload them. This is the ‘Official’ post for tonight! I will not let some slovenly loser with questionable personal hygiene ruin my streak of consecutive days of blogging! Ha! Double Ha, Mr. Hacker!

When I get the blog back up, I will fix yesterday’s post and add this rant to the mix. Then I will dance…and possibly eat a hot pocket. (I am not sure why I had to drag Hot Pockets into this mess. The fine people at Hot Pockets didn’t do anything wrong, and in fact, make a lovely food item.)

If you are a blogger and use WordPress, then you will know that this picture, is NOT how it is supposed to look when an admin logs in. If you ever run into this problem, know this, it can be fixed, it just takes a bit of effort. (Note: I haven’t actually completed fixing it yet, so perhaps I am jumping the gun, but I feel confident that the GoDaddy people will be able to help me get the rest of it done.)

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1742 days


#1 posted 1434 days ago

sorry for you that you have been thrugh this
thats deffently one of those things we all can
bee with out
and with that knowledge I have about computers
I proppebly wood have shot this one and bougt a new instead
but thats maybee what they want us to do

take care
Dennis

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Ecocandle

1013 posts in 1693 days


#2 posted 1434 days ago

Dennis,

That wouldn’t have worked, as the hack wasn’t on my computer. They corrupted the Wordpress program on the server where I host my blog. It has been a mess, but I am on the road to recovery.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1742 days


#3 posted 1434 days ago

yes I realises it from beginning I just say that with my lack of knowledge
what I proppebly wuold have done , even thow knowing it wuoldn´t have help…lol

Dennis

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Ecocandle

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#4 posted 1434 days ago

LOL…well I hope you don’t ever have something like this happen. :-)

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1742 days


#5 posted 1434 days ago

neither do I , and if its on the pc I got any virus I know what to do
and I have backed up what needs to be
but it still take an awfull lot of time to have the pc back as we want

hope you are back on the horse again very fast
and under the circumstances try to have a great sunday :-)

Dennis

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Abbott

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#6 posted 1434 days ago

Wow, what a mess. I am glad to hear you have found the fix.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1434 days ago

Glad to have you beck Brian! I knew that something was up for sure when I didn’t have a notice waiting for me in the morning that your blog was up. What a huge amount of work to fix it too. I am sorry it happened to you. I’m happy to see you kept your streak though! You show um!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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canadianchips

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#8 posted 1434 days ago

Welcome back.
I have more colorful words for those people that hack and cause viruses. Not allowed to print the words !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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sras

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#9 posted 1433 days ago

Sorry to hear you had to go through this. Best wishes for a speedy blog recovery!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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