June 2008

Family&Misc24 Jun 2008 06:37 pm

Brother Doug,

Your profession has come in pretty handy for some of our family members. So I’m frustrated that when I need your services, I’m 2300 miles away!

See, I have a pipe that’s leaking. It’s leaking badly. The good part is that it’s leaking into a drainage area for my sump pump. So it’s nothing I have to clean up or anything, but it’s not something that will ever get better on its own.

And oh man, what a pain to change it. It goes down into the bottom of the hole thingy where water drains to be pumped out, then it goes up and out into the ground or something. What a pain. I’m sure it would be real easy for you though.

Tell you what. Come out and fix it for me and my wife will make you all the rhubarb pie you can eat! It’s really good, she made a couple rhubarb pies a few weeks ago and I ate the vast majority of them. So I know what I’m talking about.

Whaddaya say? It’s all wrapped up with tape, just waiting for you.

ITF Business&Tech03 Jun 2008 08:46 pm

Been having some problems with this site, it appears ITF was hacked and whacked. It wouldn’t load at all, and worse yet I was totally locked out, I couldn’t even log in to the WordPress admin area.

When I’d view source I could see a bunch of alien javascript code, a ton of it. I FTP’d in and found a bunch of hacker code on a lot of the WP files. All my theme files (save one) were compromised with it too. I cleaned them up, re-uploaded them, and wham they were immediately corrupted again.

I finally deleted all the plugins (most of them were corrupted too), re-uploaded the cleaned theme files, and it came back online. I cleaned up the plugins and so far everything seems to be working ok.

So why did this happen? I’m running the latest version of WordPress. However, not that long ago I was hit with this same type of thing, and that was before I had upgraded. And when I was finally able to get back in today, I found a dozen or so very suspicious user accounts with very similar names and url’s. I deleted them of course.

What I suspect is that they still had their foot in the door from the last hack, and that’s how they compromised this current version of WordPress (2.5.1).

Hopefully I have it taken care of, it’s been a royal pain. Thanks for nothing you slacker hackers.