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Site Hacked - Can't believe it - 11 Months of Work Gone!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Basic, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Basic

    Basic Registered Member

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    Some ba$%a#d has hacked my site, there is allsorts of weird and wonderful code.
    Didn't at first know what to do, contacted my mate and he has been trying to sort out the problem for me for the past 2 days.

    The Database has been downloaded and uploaded four times now and still there is something not quite right.

    It seems the only option now is to delete the blog off the Server and start again from scratch.

    Hopefully can save the 2,500 Posts but if not this will be one tough lesson to learn and swallow.

    Should have remembered to Back-Up my site more regularly. :ugh:
     
  2. donnybluejeans

    donnybluejeans Regular Member

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    Had this happen a couple months ago...sucks, but I just used it as an excuse to make it better and learned a lot about how to protect myself.
     
  3. Dadelius

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    Happened to me at the beginning of the month, I know how you feel.
    I found a guy to fix it. Cost was a couple hundred bucks, but it's virus free, and protected (and backed up daily) now.

    Shoot me a PM if you need his contact details. (he's from here)
     
  4. islandman1010

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    Why not contact your hosting and see when they last got a backup of it.
     
  5. Georgebg

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    Mate just contact your hosting and they can take care of it :)
    Hope you fix your site soon and keep on earning cash!
     
  6. pucky

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    .. and really the question is where are you backups? I feel nothing for those who cant do regular backups especially when its their business. No backups = no complaints. This will only happen to you once and you'll never forget it, i guarantee it.
     
  7. Dadelius

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    Just a word of caution, I went the Hosting backup route as my backups are done weekly, and they had one only a few days old.

    Paid $15.00 and they backed up my site (with the virus, which had obviously been there through at least a couple of backups)
     
  8. noermanto

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    I got one site hacked few months a go, all data a re safe since I do backup. But I don't have the time to investigate each file code, since I just notes that some code can be hidden somewhere within my site.
    I think I will do cleanup soon.
     
  9. johnwho

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    That's why I make a daily back up on my sites that has a 500+ post or more. Its still a lesson but in your case the hard way. :(
     
  10. SaraJ

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    While it's a huge PITA, you can always go to google and get your cached pages and rebuild them that way.

    Most likely you can just hire someone to upload the database for you and fix whatever it is that is not working. It's worth the investment.
     
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    Don't beat yourself up about not backing it up, it happened, now you can just make sure you will backup your site and hire someone to fix it. Wish you the best!!!
     
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    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who haven't lost data, and those who have backups. :(
     
  13. someguy

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    I have WP Security Scan plugin (free) in my standard Wordpress setup. No idea wether this would have helped in your case, but it is easy and powerful to stop most standard hacking attempts. Try it out!
     
  14. Peter Shaw

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    I hope your hosting company can help you out mate - All the best :)
     
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    Had this happen to me and I was so glad to know that my sites were being backed up daily. Thing is you need to contact your hosting company immediately before they do the next backup or you will lose what could save you from trying to put your site back together from scratch.
     
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    I have faced similar situation but luckily i managed to get my hosting company do all cleanup and other stuff. They also had clean backup which ensured smooth running...

    Backup are important factor, you will remember it... Check your hosting provider they must have clean backup... They can check, if necessary then clean it and then update it... Your site may go back 1 or 2 week but still less hassle then starting from scratch...
     
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  17. Basic

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    I had backed up the Wordpress Database but not the MYSQL one and consequently lost everything.
    The problem was my Backup was already corrupted.

    The Server and Hosting is my mates so he is the one that has been sorting it out.
    Wasn't too happy with me for ruining his weekend.

    What he said was that someone had hacked the login password, changed my admin details then everytime someone tried to alter it the password would change again.

    The only part that has been saved is the Posts except these have to be reloaded manually.

    Still I have learnt a very valuable lesson;

    1. Do backup's on a weekly basis.
    2. Don't update anything until you know it's compatible.
    3. Stop loading garbage plugins - (I am guilty of this).

    I volunteered to update one of his Blogs with fresh content and do a load of backlinking, social bookmarking etc, this he accepted.

    I think I will just start completely from scratch and load in the accepted plugins with my wprobot and target a different audience.

    The best lessons learnt are always the hardest ones. :pcguru:
     
  18. foxandrew

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    There is only one thing I dont understand into this..

    How can you protect your ADMIN hostintg password ??
    If someone gets that, he can do fucking anything he wants..
    And I might not be a fulltimer on my business, I still dont want anyone to touch that !

    Is there anyway to protect that ??

    And even for a simple wordpress blog, is an ordinary plugin security as mentionned before good enough to really protect it ?

    What do you guys use to protect your stuff ?
     
  19. Basic

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    My Wordpress Admin Password was Hacked not the Hosting Account.

    That one has a Captcha on it.

    I have discovered this plugin for Wordpress;

    Code:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/si-captcha-for-wordpress/screenshots/
    Which stops the Bots.
     
  20. syns0r

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    change all of your passwords so if they got in that way, it won't happen again.