Man Sitting in Doorway

Cuba, 2010

Website got hacked

Thanks everybody who sent me emails, Facebook & Twitter messages about issues with the website. My online store was using a popular script for re-sizing images. The script is called TimThumb and happens to be part of many WordPress themes. This means that probably thousands of blogs are currently vulnerable. I think the whole thing started just a couple of weeks ago when Mark Maunder detected a security issue with this script. Shortly after the issue got public, my site started to behave strange in several ways. It’s pretty weird when you suddenly have to fix things on your website even though nothing was officially touched. Anyway, I don’t wanna go more into detail. If you are generally interested in what is going on with the timThumb problem, you could start reading on net-security.org.

So now after resetting passwords, I simply deleted all scripts from my website and installed WordPress fresh from scratch. Even though the blog looks almost same old (and messy) as before, everything behind it is very much up to date and very clean.
The online store is not back to life yet and I won’t rush with it as I’m thinking of revamping it.

2 comments

  1. Luckily, still all your wonderful pictures can be accessed! Even this one is another fine portrayture of an individual face. You got this talent :)

  2. It looks like such attacks try to be as silent as possible by not deleting or altering any content. This way the uploaded scripts can stay on the server longer to maximize the number of visitors they can harm. I had plenty of time for backing up data.

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