All My Sites Hacked!

Just as I was getting ready for work on Monday afternoon (as is the schedule of an English teacher in Japan), a friend called me to say my blog had been hacked. Sure enough, this blog and all of my websites were displaying this rather unfriendly welcome page:

All my sites looked like this

Fortunately, the nature of the attack wasn’t particularly malicious, and I was able to restore things within an hour. I’ve since changed all my passwords and backed up everything in case it happens again. While I wasn’t too pleased to see my sites defaced, I’m kind of grateful that more damage wasn’t done and it served as the wake up call I needed to make more regular backups.

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8 thoughts on “All My Sites Hacked!

    1. Hi Jez. I don’t know how they got in, but on my static sites they overwrote my index files. The good thing was they left the rest of the content intact so I just had to replace the index files by uploading the originals. I’m just glad they didn’t delete all my files!

      On a WordPress blog, I ended up with two index files – the .html one they put in, and the .php one that WordPress uses. You just need to delete the .html file for the .php file to be the default again.

      1. I assume all sites are on the same server then…

        Yup you were lucky there was not more damage, sure this was a script, if you google hacked by scream there are plenty of results!

        Jez

  1. Real nice…

    Wouldn’t you think hackers could find a nice fat multinational to take a shot at rather than playing schoolyard bully with longcountdown.

    I’m sure we can look forward to more of this in the future. As people become more tech-savvy, your local Beavis and Butthead are just as likely to be chuckling away ‘playing hacker’ as they are to be hanging out at the 7-Eleven.

    … it seems only a few years ago that if you could use a computer it usually meant you had a brain.

  2. Yeah its all about the internet security isn’t it… its too bad people hack in to sites, I mean dont they have better things to do with their lives?

    1. Great article in that link you pasted above, thanks. Now, I manually backup my databases daily, and backup web pages whenever I make changes. It’s a hassle, but it’s just become part of my daily routine and only takes a few minutes.

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