Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Someone hacked my blog, and is redirecting my traffic!

I woke up this morning to a text from my sister, Chantel.
"I want to read your Disneyland post, but every time I got to your blog, it takes me to some weird website. I don't know if it's my computer, or you."
I ran out to the computer, and tried it myself. I typed in, crossed my fingers, hit enter...

...and it redirected me. Bastards.

I quickly changed my password, and started searching on google.

It was disheartening.

"...I don't know who my webhost is!"

"...Crap, I haven't backed up my blog in months!!"

"...But I haven't added any new widgets!!!"

Things were looking grim.

I decided to start with something simple. I went into my design page, and deleted everything in my sidebar. Once all the widgets were gone, even the seemingly harmless ones, I swallowed hard. Then I typed in my url, and hit enter...

...and it worked just fine.

Oh yeah. I owned that malware! There's no stopping the Helena. See this dance? That's a victory dance. Because you lost, widget. That wasn't luck, my friend. That was SKILL.

...Ok, it was luck.

I got lucky. I was lucky that it was just some sneaky widget hacking my site, and now things are back to normal.

Next time I might not be so fortunate.

When I was doing my google search, I saw a lot of stories from people whose entire blogs were deleted, and their posts were gone.


I can't imagine what that would feel like. Well ok, I can, and it would be awful.

I put my heart into this blog. It's the closest thing to a journal I will ever have. I have spent so many hours typing out my thoughts, tweaking the wording, reading your comments. And if that was just gone, it would be heartbreaking.

It might seem silly to be so attached to a website, but I'm sure my blogging friends understand what I'm saying.

For the rest of you? Imagine waking up one morning, and not being able to find your puppy. Someone stole him while you weren't looking, and there isn't even a ransom note. For all you know, he's being kept in the back of a Filipino restaurant, and the customers are getting hungry.

It's just like that. Only, you know, less bloody.

This is why I will be downloading my blog more regularly.

Also? Why I love my sister (she's useful).

So if you tried to visit last night/this morning, I am sorry you were redirected. But hey, it could have been worse, right? The site it went to was pretty tame. No naked grandma's named Bambi, crocheting seductively.

....Which gives me an idea for another post.


Here is a link which describes how to backup your Blogger blog, and here is an updated one for Wordpress, straight from the comments section.


And I'm linking this up to Small Treasures Tuesday (which is open all week long). Because Naked Grandma's are a treasure.



Alexandra said...

OH! I sent you an email last night about midnight, saying that I was being directed to my local YELLOW PAGES!

Which widget was it?

I'm so glad you are so smart and awesome and how'd you know what to do???

That is awesome!!!!
And I'm so glad you didn't lose my prized post here,
girl...that was scary!

ALl our documented love, gone...poof, the story of our relationship from the beginning...gone..poof.
Thank goodness you have a brain.

Hubs must be proud.



Amber Dawn said...

I glad you owned that widget!! do I back-up my blog????I would seriously cry for like 3 years (maybe more) if I lost everything...

Kimberly said...

I would have died. ::DEAD::
thank you so much for sharing this!!

Kristina P. said...

This just reminded me I haven't backed up my posts in a long, long time, so thanks for the reminder. And I'm sorry! :(

Unknown said...

This is so scary! I am so glad you got it figured out! WOW what a scare!
There is so many things that can go wrong. Glad you are ok. Yes! I would cry and cry if my blog was gone!
Big hugs.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you caught on to the nefarious widget and are back up and running! Now off to back up my blog...thanks for the reminder!

DLK said...

Hi Helena - I wanted to read a few of your posts but your site was sending me all over the place. I thought it was my computer. But it seems to be fine now so I am going to check out some of your posts!


Mama Mary said...

Doood. There are sneaky widgets that can hack my site? WTH? You are a badass for figuring that out. And, now I'm terrified! The Internet scares me in a million and one ways. But I love it nonetheless. ; )

mypixieblog said...

This is an awesome reminder that I really need to start backing up ALL my files. Yikes, that's scary but good for you for being able to troubleshoot. I think I would scream bloody murder while pulling out large chunks of hair from my head. Both effective coping mechanisms, but I would much rather have your cool as a cucumber approach :)

Great guest post over at Good Day, Regular People by the way!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the reminder! I'm going to work on mine tonight!

Also? Thanks for including wordpress :)

Sara Strand said...

Damn. Because I'm feeling a bit stabby today and I could have stabbed something. *sigh* Next time- think of your friends. ;)

Shell said...

Oh,I would so cry!

Chantel said...

Good job! I'm glad you figured it out. And I'm glad it wasn't my computer :-)

I am going to back up my blog now.

Naked Grandmas huh?... Thanks for linking up!!

Chantel said...

Good job! I'm glad you figured it out. And I'm glad it wasn't my computer :-)

I am going to back up my blog now.

Naked Grandmas huh?... Thanks for linking up!!

Jean Has Been Shopping said...

You are one smart cookie!
Thank you for sharing your smarts with us!

Tarja said...

So the Empress sent me over and check it out! I learned something! Thanks for the link on backing stuff up. Because I'm extremely technologically illiterate. Glad you got it all straightened out!

viewfromdownhere said...

I have never backed up my blog....maybe I need to look into that stat. That's some scary stuff...

Macey said...

I've backed mine up, but now I need to do it again! :)
Seriously, I would have been SO sad if your blog disappeared..I just found your fabulousness!

Anonymous said...

Never thought of backing up my blog. Thanks for the tip!

And what's wrong with seductive crocheting? Not that I'm into that sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

Just backed up my blog. I use and all I had to do was go to Dashboard>Tools>Export and it will export an XML file: "This format, which we call WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, will contain your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags. Once you’ve saved the download file, you can use the Import function on another WordPress site to import this site."

It doesn't say anything about images, but those should be on your hard drive anyway.

Carrie said...

Wow! Off to back up my blog ASAP!!

Amy @ Never-True Tales said...

That exact malware (or whatever it is) attacked my travel website a few months ago. I didn't think to do what you did, and it took my website designer hours to get all the bad code out of my site. I feel your pain.

Deb said...

I'm interested to know which widget it was too. Darn things!

I'm backing mine up now. (Wordpress - tyvm for that little gem.) Yikes I would be sad. OK. Sad is NOT the word. White jackets with the buckles on the back come to mind. :-D You think I'm kidding? ha!

Good stuff here. gonna explore some more!

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