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Hacked!!

>22 February 2012
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Whew! I can finally get back on my site! I’ve missed you guys!

If you don’t follow me on Facebook, or missed the (much appreciated) update on Homestead Revival, you have probably been wondering what has been up with my blog for the past week and a half. As you may have guessed, I was hacked.

And let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy to fix. I almost had to delete everything and start from scratch.

For all you WordPress people out there, learn from my mistake, keep ALL of your themes, plugins, everything, up to date with the newest versions. Anything out of date opens loopholes for hackers who prowl the web with bots to find any open blog to wreak havoc on.

Anyways, I’m still having issues with my images not showing. And some of you have reported getting an “error” message on some pages. I will continue to steadily work to restore my site to 100%.

Thank you for your patience, your help, and your encouragement! I have so much catching up to do!

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14 Comments »

  • Bonnie said:

    Finally can see your wonderful blog again! I was so hoping you did not have to delete your blog pages.My virus protection is finally letting me back on to your blog yea! I am so happy! Have a good day!

  • Rhen @Yes, they are all mine said:

    Grrrr! Why do people have to occupy their time with stupid, mean acts? It makes no sense! Glad to see you back.

  • Libby@Everything's Coming Up Green said:

    So glad you are back up and running! I’ve been thinking about you the last week plus. I’m so thankful that I follow you on FB!

    Thank God you could get through all of that coding and correct it! I can only imagine how overwhelming it must have been. I will definitely be keeping my wordpress updated from now on!

    Oh, and it was so good to see your guest post over at Money Saving Mom! What a great surprise and treat!

    Blessing!

  • Amy @ Homestead Revival said:

    Woo hoo!!!! So glad to see you up and running even if it isn’t 100%! I was beginning to think you weren’t going to be able to recover anything. So glad you could get most of it back in place.

  • Jen said:

    I was a little freaked to try again, because my security software kept removing viruses from my computer everytime I clicked on my bookmarked link to your site.

    I’m so sorry this happened to you, but so happy to see you back!

  • Holly Crawford said:

    I am still showing that your are hacked…..The box says blackhole exploit…Hope this helps

  • brittney said:

    I’m still showing that it’s blocking a trojan…. hopefully it get’s fixed soon. I miss reading your blogs!

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    Yeah, unfortunately we didn’t get all of the code cleaned up, and I was re-hacked :( I think we’re getting closer though. Thank you all for your patience!!

  • Jessica K. said:

    Glad to hear you are back Kendra! I had to ask my husband (a computer tech) what was going on, good thing I did because I kept getting a page saying not to continue to your site. Hope you get it all cleared back up soon, I’ve defintely missed your posts! :)

  • Wendy said:

    So glad you are back!!! Missed you!

  • Michelle said:

    Glad you’re back!

  • Angela said:

    Some time ago there was a warning that came to all wordpress via wordpress.org about TimThumb:

    “TimThumb is a script primarily used for on-the-fly resizing and cropping of images, though another feature allows images from remote websites to be fetched and cropped as well, storing them on the server. The list of allowed remote websites is listed within the plugin, and checked against any fetched files.

    TimThumb’s vulnerability “allows third parties to upload and execute arbitrary PHP code in the TimThumb cache directory.” This file would allow the attacker to further compromise the site in any way. VaultPress further recommended deleting the TimThumb file from any sites that don’t explicitly require them, and updating it in cases where they do. It’s also recommended using the built-in WordPress functions such as add_image_size to resize images, avoiding TimThumb entirely.”

    So if you’re using TimThumb as one of your plugins update or delete it. I just resize using wordpress resizer.

    I hope this helps. :)

  • Shaye @ The Elliott Homestead said:

    So glad to see you back Kendra! We’ve missed you!

  • Nikki R said:

    So happy we can get on your blog again.Missed you.

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