My Hacker Thank You Note

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47 Responses

  1. Excellent post, Buck. The thing I don’t get about hackers is, why don’t they bother doing something productive? With their talent…..

  2. Moneycone says:

    Sorry to hear your site was hack Buck. I’m glad everything’s back to normal. Also, don’t use the same password for different aspects of your blog – twitter, fb, email etc.

    If one is compromised, you won’t lose them all.

  3. Thanks for devoting a whole post to me (the hacker). :) Just kidding. I am actually still getting the kinks worked out with my backup process. This is just a reminder that I need to do it sooner rather than later.

  4. Xerex James says:

    People are so caught with everything today they barely allot time to do stuff for the rainy days. And with rainy days, we meant data back-ups. What most people doesn’t realize is the fact everything’s done with a computer, and if the PC’s files aren’t backed-up, they will be gone forever.

  5. Luckily I have passwords that are crazy strong. Random assortments of letters, numbers, and special characters do the trick.

    With that being said, get the WP Firewall plugin. After downloading that, I’ve realized that my site is targeted for SQL injection attacks on pretty much a daily basis.

  6. I hate that hackers feel the need to waste their time like this! I wouldn’t have even gotten to the point of looking around at my files – wouldn’t know what to look for.

    It’s a good thing you had enough knowledge to get tech support going in the right direction!

  7. I definitely need to do a better job backing up my blog. I don’t know what I would do if it got hacked. I can imagine days of trying to figure it out. I’m glad your provider stepped in to help!

  8. Rodrigo Valenzuela says:

    I was very sorry to hear that your blog was hacked but felt happy that the hacker had enough problems to deal with. :-) This blog post has taught me a bitter lesson that one must not keep any password but must try to make it stronger.

  9. krantcents says:

    Hackers are thieves and are looking for information. They create chaos because they want access to your information. Strong passwords is just the first step! I am amping up my passwords and security.

  10. Thanks for sharing your experience, maybe it will save me or others from an attack. Your tech support people sound like a 1st class outfit. Great advertisement for them. Glad you’re back up and running. (Pun intended)

  11. That sounds like great service on the part of the hosting company. I would have been pissed off and a little freaked out if that had happened to me. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of backups as well…

  12. Thanks for sharing how it happened. Glad your hosting company was able to help!

  13. Untemplater says:

    I’m so glad you got it all sorted out. I know completely how stressful that is. It’s a time leech trying to get hacks fixed but it’s such a relief when things are back up and running! -Sydney

  14. The first time I got hacked Google marked my site as suspicious and I ignored it for a bit because I was busy. That was a mistake! Now I know when I see any little suspicious thing, I have to dig into it right away.
    The host is always the first point of contact. They were very helpful when I had my issue as well.

  15. Wow, what a PITA! Glad you fixed it. Maybe we should regularly change passwords every couple months or so.

    Bummer bad stuff happens.

    And just for the record, InMotion Hosting got hacked and not Either way, still sucks site went down that day.

    My CLuv NEVER works so I took it off.

  16. Levinz says:

    You are a very thoughtful blogger! I’m hoping to make it to the chat tonight. Looking forward to the discussion.

  17. Bad things always seem to happen at the worst possible time….
    Glad you got it all fixed up.

    I happened on a site once – just browsing some financial sites – that started throwing up a bunch of windows. I hopped off my connection but the damage was done, my pc was attacked. The hacker code hid all my files, messed up my windows 7 update and various other fun things. No fun recovering from that!

  18. Kisha says:

    It is sad hearing that your site was hacked. I am happy that you have solved the issues… What I don’t understand with these hackers are the time they spend for trying to hack. Anyway, I believe that we all have to be aware of these things. What I do is to habitually change my password.

  19. Ruby says:

    I think there a company’s hiring hackers to test their security. They might be so useful in the right situation.

  20. Aloysa says:

    OMG! As I am prepearing for a comeback with a brand new site, this post freaked me out BIG TIME! I am not savvy with ANY codes and I wonder if I would ever notice what you just described. How scary! Thank you for posting all the details. Excellent post!

  21. Wow, some scary stuff. But we can learn by these bad things happening, I guess. Thanks for your compelling story and the lessons to be learned. By the way my identity was scammed a couple months ago and I learned some of the some valuable lessons the hard way!

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