So, I'm minding my own business doing some updates on a couple of personal sites this weekend and popped one up and instead of seeing my site looking all pretty and making me money, I saw this! Now, I'll say for a second I was taken back but just for a second and then had a chuckle with a friend of my on Skype about it: [5/23/2015 12:41:51 PM] Your Russian Friends visited me - http://domain.com/ [5/23/2015 12:42:03 PM] Friend: Whats that? [5/23/2015 12:42:06 PM] Friend: You got hacked? [5/23/2015 12:42:19 PM] Me: Yeah, it is a ten minute fix though [5/23/2015 12:42:29 PM] Friend: Thats funny [5/23/2015 12:42:38 PM] Me: It is pretty funny [5/23/2015 12:45:52 PM] Me: Fixed [5/23/2015 12:45:57 PM] Me: Too funny though [5/23/2015 12:46:01 PM] Me: Russian Hackers FTW! The convo could have gone like this though: [5/23/2015 12:41:51 PM] Me: Freaking Hackers Hit My Site! - http://domain.com/ [5/23/2015 12:42:03 PM] Friend: Whats that? [5/23/2015 12:42:06 PM] Friend: You got hacked? [5/23/2015 12:42:19 PM] Me: Yeah, I'm hosed to the max, that site was a money maker. [5/23/2015 12:42:29 PM] Friend: Thats rough, you don't have a backup? [5/23/2015 12:42:38 PM] Me: No, I never back my stuff up; I rely on my host to watch my back. [5/23/2015 12:45:52 PM] Me: Nuts, The host has no backup! [5/23/2015 12:45:57 PM] Me: It will take me hours to fix this dang thing and all the while I'll lose revenue! [5/23/2015 12:46:01 PM] Me: Russian Hackers Suck! Now, that site is not that big of a money maker as it is only 16 pages deep and I really don't know that the site was actually compromised by a Russian group. In fact, I'm not even sure the language in that image above is Russian but the site was really compromised and that was the welcome I got when I opened it up. The thing to learn is to be sure to back up your sites whenever you make any changes and if you are using WP, update them so that if you do get hit you are not going to have convo #2, instead of convo #1. Don't be the guy that is having convo #2 and wondering where in the world you are going to get cash to pay for your bills because you didn't take that one little step. Do not rely on your host for a back up... there are way too many stories of hosts not doing what you expect. Be smart, back up your sites and should you get hacked you can chuckle instead of having to change your shorts.