Hacked; In Temporary Home

My website was hacked for the 2nd time in 3 months, so I have moved into WordPress. com. Please pardon the dust. I had four sidebars at my last blog and now I must make do with one. I was working on making a sidebar for each book. Sigh.

The problem is my domain provider refuses to upgrade their MySql to the latest version, even though the version they are using has a known vulnerability where a malicious user can change your MySql password and do whatever the heck they want. The fix that I was able to use last time did not work this time, so I gave up and moved to WordPress.com.  I will probably become a premium user in very short order, or I will find a much more professional web host provider. I guess I know what I will be doing this weekend!

Fortunately, the posts and pages were not corrupted. I checked. The hack does not manifest itself here So I was able to import the content of my site. I am not sure how long I’ll be able to keep my images; when I move to a permanent home, all my images will most likely evaporate. I’ll have to find something better than hosting my images at my site.

So I am sad. I worked very hard on that website, and much of that work was wasted due to a malicious user.

12 thoughts on “Hacked; In Temporary Home”

    1. Thanks. I am glad you found me.

      I was going to write to you last night, but because of the MySql issue and the fact that I do not have the power to change it, I am here at WordPress.

      Still trying to figure out what to do next. I’ll either find a premier Linux-based hosting provider, or I’ll go pro here. However, I want to be able to get to my directory structure at my new blog. I am amazed that all my images have not vanished since the redirect, but I will need to somehow figure out how to move my images (the easy part) and repoint all the links to the new image location (the hard part).

      1. Gah. I’m shifting my website to WordPress because the way the current one was set up, I can’t make any changes and updates myself (I don’t feel like learning a bunch of stuff in order to do so). My new web-person is taking care of the change-over for me, and then hopefully I will be able to be more self sufficient..

        Good luck with your new home!

        1. Thanks. WordPress ported the images over so I don’t have that problem, but there is the question of newsletter subscribers who have joined in the past two months; I’ll be losing them with the site. Also, I am going to be severely limited here even with paying for premium service. I probably will do so anyway just so I can have a year or so without worrying about it.

  1. Ugh. I don’t like it nearly as much as the old blog. But I cannot afford for this to happen again, and I think the chances of it doing so are much slighter on WordPress itself. Fortunately, I found a flexible theme, so things are going to change around here rapidly for another day or so.

    1. I am learning a lot more than I ever wanted to know about modern webpage development. I think I’ll be keeping my blog here. I’m spooked!

    1. Thank you Raven! On the bright side, I am discovering how superior an experience blogging at WordPress is to hosting the free version on your own site. I’m not even missing the plugins anymore.

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